CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR NORTH GORKHA

CAN has recently started work on Nile Health Post in the remote Tsum Valley, North Gorkha. The village of Nile and neighbouring Chule have no health post or direct access to health provision. Nile and Chule sit at the head of the Tsum valley and they are the highest inhabited villages at 3,300m within the valley. Both villages have a combined 100 households and a population of over 350 inhabitants.

Nile villagers collecting stone and preparing the ground for the health post

Nile villagers collecting stone and preparing the ground for the health post

 Currently the nearest health provision is located at Lar; 5 hours walk away over rough undulating terrain. Currently residents of Nile and Chule rarely make the walk to Lar and will wait till health issues are at an emergency status before contacting the outside world for assistance. CAN met with local community representatives who requested the construction of a new build health post to serve both Nile and Chule. The villagers are offering up significant support in the form of labour and materials (shramdang). The health post will be located on the outside of Nile village.

Nile village: Stone stacked ready for construction

Nile village: Stone stacked ready for construction

 During the last few months, CANs technical team has developed a traditional design integrating seismic resilient features and utilising local materials. CAN is delighted to report that construction has now started on the health post with a projected completion date of December 2019. CANs lead engineer Keshab Adhikari commented, “we are very happy that work has started on the health post at Nile. The locals have been very supportive and excited to work on the project”.

 

Alongside Nile, CAN is delighted to report that upgrade works have been completed at Chumling Health Post, also located in Tsum valley. The works include providing wind proofing of the internal timber walls to maintain heat and the additional of new furniture the nurses accommodation and clinic. The health post is now warmer and comfortable to be operational throughout the cold winter months in the harsh environment of Tsum valley.

Chumling Health Post with internal timber walls to maintain heat

Chumling Health Post with internal timber walls to maintain heat

Chumling Health Post: Nurses accommodation

Chumling Health Post: Nurses accommodation

 CAN Operations Manager Glyn Utting commented, “we are delighted with the progress in North Gorkha. CAN is concentrating its efforts in North Gorkha to develop a comprehensive health service across both Tsum and Nubri valleys. The construction of Nile Health Post is the first phase of construction three new health posts in the region that will provide health access to over 100,000 local villagers in North Gorkha.”