In Nepal’s Dhading district, Medical Camp Kits are all set to replace damaged primary health facilities
A few hundred meters off Nepal’s mid-hill Prithvi Highway, a construction site in the town of Gajuri, Dhading district, is a hive of activity. Despite the searing heat, gravel and stone-dust is being shoveled, waste and sewage pits dug, and the foundations for the laying of concrete slabs prepared. In three days’ time, a WHO-procured Medical Camp Kit (MCK) will be fully assembled and able to provide care to the over 40 000 residents within the town’s vicinity dependent on access to outpatient facilities.
In the past week, WHO in coordination with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population and other health partners has deployed 36 MCKs to replace damaged facilities throughout the 14 districts most affected by Nepal’s 25 April and 12 May earthquakes. As the monsoon arrives, the MCKs will ensure access to health care facilities in outlying areas while providing the opportunity to recover and rebuild damaged health centres.