Tuesday, 22 November 2016
A history of forty-five years of devotion to nation Kanti Children’s Hospital (KCH) was established in the year 1963 AD as a general hospital. It was converted into Kanti Children’s Hospital in the year 1970. This hospital was founded under former Soviet aid. Also in the year 1970, 100 beds were added. It is now a 300-bed hospital and it is planned to upgrade into 500-bed hospital in the near future. Civil construction work for additional 200 beds is near completion. KCH is managed by Kanti Children’s Hospital Development Board (Board), which is an autonomous corporate body under the Ministry of Health (MOH), Government of Nepal (GON). Members of the board are drawn from civil society and hospital management itself. The Board is heavily depended on GON for human, material and financial resources. But plans are afoot toward making KCH an independent entity in the future when it achieves sustainability. KCH is the only children’s hospital of the nation. Poor patients receive free medical treatments at KCH. The Board has to abide by the GON guidelines to provide free medical treatments for poor patients coming from the outlying districts of Nepal. The policy of the Board is to upgrade the KCH facilities, add more manpower and technologies to better the quality of delivery of child health care to cater the growing demand of the day. Foreign assistance has been instrumental in the growth and development of KCH. During 1970-1998 KCH received aids from German-Nepal Assistance Association. A number of specialized visiting doctors from Britain brought expertise in the area of anesthesiology and surgery. Between 1986 and 1993, the Japan government became a significant donor and patron of KCH. In 1986, late Mr. Ryutaro Hasimoto, then prime minister of Japan procured a major Japanese Grant Aid which enabled to replace all the out of date equipment with the new ones. In 1993, second phase of Japanese grant benefited KCH in terms of buildings and other facilities. This grant aid improved surgical and medical departments of the hospital. Assistance of Hashimoto Foundation is still continuing. The Board expresses immense gratitude to all organizations and individuals who join us in the growth and development of KCH and wish that such cooperation be continued.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.