Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the Government of Nepal is making every possible effort to vaccinate children against COVID-19.
Expressing best wishes to all Nepali children and parents living in the country and abroad on the occasion of the 57th National Children's Day, he said that at least 20 percent of the beds in every COVID hospital has been allocated for the children affected by COVID-19.
Prime Minister Deuba said that more efforts are needed in the areas of education, health, and protection of children to protect them from the negative impact of COVID-19.
He mentioned that Article 39 of the constitution has ensured the right of every child to all-around development including education, health, upbringing, and proper care from the family and the state, and has enacted and implemented laws related to children. It has been 30 years since Nepal became a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The government is running various programs for the protection and promotion of children's rights through the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens and the National Child Rights Council. The state and local governments are implementing the protection and promotion of child rights with priority.
Stating that every household needs to be child-friendly for building a child-friendly nation while protecting the rights of children, Prime Minister Deuba said that the community, government, schools, and health services also need to be child-friendly. Protection and promotion of child rights is the common responsibility of all, he said while requesting all parents, service providers, and agencies to be responsible for the all-around development of children on the occasion of National Children's Day 2078 BS.