All hospitals in Kathmandu together can hold only 195 COVID-19 patients in ICUs and 88 on ventilators

Published On: October 12, 2020 07:20 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

54 percent of ICU beds and 47 percent ventilators are already occupied 

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: The COVID-19 hospitals in Kathmandu have an accumulated capacity of treating a total of 195 patients in the intensive care units and 88 on ventilators.

According to the data updated by the Health Management Information System (HMIS), there are a total of 120 ICU beds and 59 ventilators at the government hospitals while the private hospitals have 75 ICU beds and 29 ventilators.

Nearly 54 percent of ICU beds – 105 – have so far been occupied by the COVID-19 patients as of 2 PM on Monday including 78 at government and 27 at private hospitals. Forty one (20 at government hospitals and 21 at private hospitals) of the 88 ventilators have been put to use so far, according to HMIS.

The Kathmandu Valley has been witnessing an average of 2,000 new cases of coronavirus on a daily basis in recent days. The Valley on Monday confirmed 2,283 additional cases taking the caseload in the country’s federal capital to 43,869.

Meanwhile, the government also directed all hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley to carry out only emergency surgeries to manage necessary isolation facilities and ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.

In a regular virtual media briefing by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam shared that all government hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley would be converted into COVID-19 hospitals to address the scarcity of isolation centers amid the terrifying surge in the number of new cases of the disease. 


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