18-year-old Sapkota provides oxygen cylinders to hospital in Jumla
August 11, 2021 05:35 PM NPT
JUMLA, August 11: Eighteen years old Sujal Sapkota of Birendranagar-6, Surkhet, currently residing in Kathmandu, has delivered 20 units of oxygen cylinders to Karnali Academy of Health Science, Teaching Hospital in Jumla on Wednesday.
Purchased with the support of the NRNA Uganda, the oxygen cylinders were handed over to the Director of the Hospital, Dr Rajiv Shah and Dwanda Bahadur Shahi. “The hospital was in need of oxygen cylinders during the pandemic. It is better to keep a stock of oxygen cylinders at the moment so that people don't have to suffer later. As the third wave of COVID-19 is speculated to affect children and young people, better preparation is needed,” Dr Suhail Sapkota said.
Dr Suhail, who completed his MBBS from Nepal Army Institute of Health Science (NAIHS), said they decided to take initiative to take oxygen cylinders to Karnali as there are limited number of oxygen cylinders. "As a medical doctor, I feel that rural areas should be our main focus right now. Nobody should have to die due to lack of oxyygen," he said.
“The third wave is on the rise which is said to affect young people. I provided the oxygen cylinders as a small relief for the children of Karnali and hope it will come to good use,” he further said.
Dr Suhail and his younger brother Sujal, who is currently studying at St. Xaviers College in Kathmandu, coordinated the procurement and handover process of the oxygen cylinders. “I collected the oxygen cylinder with the help of Hikmat Bahadur Thapa of the NRNA Uganda after hearing about the death of people due to the lack of oxygen in Karnali,” said Sujal, who also wishes to become a medical doctor in the future.