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Ncell to support telemedicine initiative

Ncell under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital (DH-KUH) have signed an agreement to support Dhulikhel Hospital for Telemedicine and Health Informatics Programme. The purpose of the program is to serve remote and underserved communities through quality health care services, using technology and data-driven health care methods.

Under the program, Ncell will provide telemedicine equipment, establish connectivity infrastructure at the local community health centers to DH-KUH. Ncell will also provide financial support to DH-KUH for procurement of local suppliers & services needed for the execution of the project for the next two years. In return, DH-KUH will provide support in allocating space & utilities, qualified Medical Doctors & Consultants and carrying out periodic training sessions, monitoring the project to run in optimum quality.

Under this collaboration, Ncell, DH-KUH Telemedicine, and Healthcare Informatics Centre will be established at Dhulikhel Hospital. The information center will supervise activities and innovation in telemedicine and health informatics.

Andy Chong, Chief Executive Officer of Ncell, and Dr. Ramesh Makaju, Director of Dhulikhel Hospital signed an agreement this regard on Monday (August 12) amidst an event.

Dr. Ramesh Makaju, Director of Dhulikhel Hospital, during the event, shared his excitement and said, “Our vision is to develop first-of-its health informatics center in Nepal as a center for learning, innovating and implementing data-driven methods for the betterment of the health with a multi-disciplinary approach. I am ever so grateful to Ncell for their visionary approach towards the health sector in Nepal. ”

Andy Chong, CEO of Ncell, also shared his views and added, “The project fits into Ncell’s CSR framework, fitting it rightly into one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We hope this collaboration will contribute in narrowing the gap in the delivery of quality healthcare service especially to people in need in rural and remote parts of Nepal, enhancing the capacity of community health centers being operated by Dhulikhel Hospital through the use of digital technology.”

Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, the founder of the Dhulikhel Hospital and Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University, shared his thoughts and said, “This will also be a platform for advancing future research and training programs in health informatics in Nepal.” He further mentioned that a partnership between academia and private sector such as Ncell is a fundamental prerequisite for national development.”