Arm Behind The Army: The Unsung Heroes Of Nepali Army Medical Corps

An Army Medical Corps is responsible for the overall health of soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for providing health care to soldiers’ families and others eligible to receive this care in the military community. During combat, the Medical Corps oversees the emergency medical management of casualties and makes sure soldiers are combat-ready when it comes to their overall health.

The medical services in the Nepali Army started in BS 1982 (1925 AD) with the establishment of Tri-Chandra Military Hospital (TCMH) at Mahankal, Kathmandu. With the intent to honor the brave soldiers of Nepali Army who fell in the great World War I (1914-1918), TCMH was established with 64 beds to provide medical services to the military personnel and their families.

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The influx of outdoor and indoor patients, the inability to expand the facilities and the crowded city center were the main causes for the TCMH to relocate to Chhauni, Kathmandu. Currently, Shree Birendra Hospital (SBH) is a 490 bedded multidisciplinary modern hospital with all specialty services.

Nepal Army Medical Corps(NAMC) has vast experience of running a hospital for the last 80 years. SBH is the main teaching hospital of NAIHS. This hospital is commanded by a separate commandant directly under Director General of Medical Services of Nepal Army Headquarters.