As Nepal struggles to recover from a calamity which has killed more than 7,000 people and left more than 14,000 people wounded, the World Health Organization has set up field offices to extend health care assistance to survivors of the earthquake who have been unreachable since the natural calamity hit the Himalayan nation on April 25.
he WHO field offices will start operating from Monday, and will coordinate land and air support to rush medicines, health care professionals and other life-saving resources to some of the most remote regions hit by the earthquake.
Gorkha is a three to four-hour drive northwest of Kathmandu and has been selected as the first major health hub outside the capital.
Hyo-Jeong Kim, WHO's emergency operations manager, who was on a two-day field visit to the hilltop village of Katteldanda in Gorkha that was devastated by the earthquake, said, "Health care services are being delivered in built-up areas in Gorkha and those that still can be reached by road. The global healthcare institution has identified seven communities in an area not easily accessible, and where there are about 6,000 people who have not been reached with services since the earthquake struck. There was an urgent need to provide medical support to the people and treat them for injuries and infections. Pregnant women are also needed to be given rapid access to care for safe deliveries and to ensure that any complication of pregnancy or birth is rapidly addressed."