Hospitals in Nepal overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, once again

Published On: August 4, 2021 01:33 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 4: COVID-19 hospitals around the country are once again overwhelmed with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

The hospitals mainly in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Jhapa are witnessing a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients seeking treatment while experts have been warning of the outbreak of a third wave of the pandemic soon.

All beds at the Intensive Care Units (ICUs), High Dependency Units (HDUs), emergencies and wards of the hospitals in Kathmandu are once again full with COVID-19 patients once again. Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital at Teku, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and other COVID-19 hospitals in Kathmandu are currently overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Likewise, 60 people are receiving care for COVID-19 at the 75-bed COVID-19 treatment centre at the Mechi Provincial Hospital, according to the hospital's medical superintendent Dr Tanka Barakoti. Only 60 beds at the center are supported by the oxygen supply system and all of them are currently occupied.  Additional patients who require oxygen therapy are being referred to other facilities.  Likewise, three COVID-19 dedicated ICU beds are also occupied.

Similarly, the Birtamod-based B&C Hospital is currently treating 74 COVID-19 patients. 

The hospital's Public Relations (PR) Officer Pramish Giri said the hospital has 32 ICU beds for COVID-19 cases and all the beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. As he said, the flow of patients has significantly soared in the past one week. ''If the flow continues to rise, we are prepared to add more beds," he said, adding that the hospital would face the situation of turning away the patients without treatment. 

Also, all the isolation wards, ICUs and ventilators are occupied at Purnatung Birtacity Hospital in Birtamod. The hospital's administration chief Binod Basnet said the 53-bed isolation ward, the nine-bed ventilator ward and the 12-bed ICU have been managed at the hospital. He added that all the beds are occupied and the situation is such that new patients have to be treated by pitching tents on the hospital premises. Similarly, the Beldangi COVID Hospital in Damak is also filled with patients. This hospital operated by Damak Municipality has 30 beds and all beds are occupied, resource person at the hospital, Devi Dangal said.

The situation is similar in Chitwan as well. The number of patients coming with the coronavirus infection has increased at Bharatpur Hospital, Chitwan Medical College and College of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (Old Medical College).

Nepal recorded 3,383 new cases of COVID-19 alongwith 1,994 recoveries and 24 deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday. 

With this, Nepal’s COVID-19 casetally has reached 765,815 including 660,116 recoveries and 9,922 deaths. ( with inputs from RSS) 


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