KHOTANG, August 17: The District Hospital Khotang is receiving an increasing number of viral fever infected patients in recent days.
Among the around 150 patients visiting the Hospital for the OPD services, over 50 to 60 percent complain of high fever, headache, pain in joint, among other health issues– symptoms close to COVID-19 infection, informed Dr Puskal Rai.
Dr Rai said that the infected ones were asked to be on medication and stay in home-isolation for at least 10 days. Moreover, the health workers in the Hospital are being taken ill one after another, spurring tension for the infected ones as well as the Hospital management.
Of the 58 health workers in the District Hospital, 14 have been infected with viral fever so far, according to Administration Chief of the Hospital Rabin Phuyal. The infected health workers are compelled to continue with their duty despite the infection to provide uninterrupted health services to the patients.
Growing cases of viral fever have equally worried the locals. The district with a total of 10 local levels have COVID-19 treatment facilities in almost all of the local levels, but most of them are inactive at present.
Chief of District Health Office, Khotang, Punya Prasad Sigdel, however, said that all logistical preparations have been completed to resume service from all the treatment facilities. He also said that an oxygen plant installed at the District Hospital at the cost of Rs 10.5 million in financial assistance from the Province No 1 government has been brought into operation since last week.