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Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

A newborn baby is being carried behind its mother on wheelchair in a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal
Gavril Lourie


With 60% of Kathmandu Valley buildings likely to be heavily damaged in a strong earthquake and casualties predicted to reach thousands, Patan Hospital in Nepal's capital Kathmandu has taken measures to reduce its risk of damage. It relocated its planned maternity wing, and made retrofitting modifications. The hospital also conducts mass casualty drills every year to test and refine its new emergency plan.

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