KATHMANDU, August 1: The pressure of patients coming with the coronavirus infection has increased in Bharatpur Hospital. As the number of corona infections continues to increase in the district, so is the number of people coming to the hospital for treatment.
Patients with the coronavirus infection are treated free of cost at the Federal Hospital, Bharatpur. The hospital beds set aside for the treatment of COVID-19 patients are all occupied now. The hospital had allocated 110 beds for COVID-19 patients. Of them, 104 beds are now occupied.
According to the hospital's Information Officer Liladhar Poudel, the number of patients admitted to the hospital had reached 112 on Friday. At present, 104 infected people are undergoing treatment at the hospital. Poudel said that there were 58 patients with minor and moderate symptoms. Twenty-five are undergoing treatment in HDU and 21 in intensive care units. The hospital has an intensive care unit with a capacity of 25 beds.
Acting medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel, said that the number of infections has been increasing as people are neglecting COVID-19 safety protocols. He said that it was not possible to admit more patients as the hospital beds were now fully occupied. “Almost all the beds allotted for COVID-19 patients in the hospital are occupied. Other infected people cannot be admitted,” he said.
Dr Poudel said that discussions have started on adding more beds after the beds in the hospital were occupied with infected people. He said that private hospitals should also treat COVID-19 patients as the infection rate is increasing. He said, “The pandemic will affect everyone, not just the government hospitals. All the hospitals have to fulfill their responsibilities during a pandemic.”
At present, COVID-19 infected patients are being treated at Chitwan Medical College and College of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (Old Medical College) along with Bharatpur Hospital in the district.
Altogether, 210 people are being treated in these hospitals. According to the Public Health Office, Chitwan, 58 people are undergoing treatment at Chitwan Medical College. Of them, 29 are in the intensive care unit while the remaining 29 patients are undergoing treatment in the HDU.
Similarly, 14 people are undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the old medical college. According to Gitanjali Dhakal, public health officer of the office, the number of active cases of COVID-19 is 2,236 in the district. Of them, 2,106 are being treated in home isolation, eight in institutional isolation and 122 in hospitals. (RSS)