Bir Hospital to Provide Telemedicine Services to Nepalis Employed Abroad
Bir Hospital, a leading healthcare facility in Nepal, has signed an agreement with the Foreign Employment Board to provide telemedicine services to Nepalis who are employed abroad. The agreement was signed by the hospital's Executive Director, Dr. Santosh Paudel, and Board Director, Rajan Paudel, on Friday.
Regular telemedicine services by specialist doctors
Under the agreement, Bir Hospital will provide regular telemedicine services to Nepalis who are employed abroad. Specialist doctors will be available for consultation on Saturdays and Sundays based on the referral of MBBS doctors. This service is expected to address the increasing cases of kidney and heart-related diseases among Nepalis working abroad.
Deployment of medical officers and health assistants
To ensure the smooth operation of telemedicine services, Bir Hospital will deploy medical officers and health assistants. These healthcare professionals will be available during the telemedicine consultations to assist Nepalis working abroad. The Board will provide the salary of one medical officer and health assistant through the Foreign Employment Fund.
Reactivation of telemedicine services after the COVID-19 pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bir Hospital had been providing telemedicine services with the support of the World Health Organization. However, the service was affected after the pandemic subsided. With the recent agreement with the Foreign Employment Board, telemedicine services will be reactivated to benefit Nepalis employed abroad.
Allowance for specialist doctors
Apart from the salary of medical officers and health assistants, the Board will also provide an allowance to the specialist doctor who sees the patient. This is to ensure that Nepalis working abroad can receive quality healthcare services through telemedicine without any financial burden.Health Kathmandu