Need of The Ministry of Health in Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

  • Kiran Regmi Health Secretary, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meera Upadhyay National Professional Officer, WHO Country Office Nepal, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Ehsanullah Tarin Health Systems Strengthening, Consultant WHO Country Office Nepal, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Padam Bahadur Chand Advisor, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Senendra Raj Uprety Ex-Health Secretary, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Susheel Chandra Lekhak National Professional Officer, WHO Country Office Nepal, Lalitpur, Nepal

Abstract

The constitution of Nepal provides appointing a council of ministers both at federal and provincial levels without defining portfolios. There is a political agreement that MOH will be retained at the federal level. This article draws evidences around the world to meet health needs of Nepalese, the role of provincial ministry of health and coordinating structure at district/local level.
The constitution emphasises on health and pronounced in 46 articles which provides guidance for the creation of federalized governance levels at federal, provincial and local levels. Retaining ministry of health at federal level without creating devolved structure at province and local levels in health sector will create difficulty in translating the spirit of the constitution and may not be effective in addressing health issues nationally and meeting global achievements like SDGs.
It is suggested to establish an elaborate health system accordingly in Nepal to ensure constitutional mandate of health as a basic human right.
Keywords:constitution; federalism; health sector,ministy of health. [PubMed]

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Published
2017-06-30
How to Cite
REGMI, Kiran et al. Need of The Ministry of Health in Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, [S.l.], v. 55, n. 206, june 2017. ISSN 1815-672X. Available at: <http://jnma.com.np/jnma/index.php/jnma/article/view/3188>. Date accessed: 20 aug. 2017.
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