Doctors in Nepal are warning that hospitals are overcrowded, unprepared and under-resourced for a significant increase in coronary heart disease in the country.
– Even if we were able to increase the number of beds, there is a great shortage of oxygen and this crisis has not yet reached its climax, Giotendra Sharma, Chief physician at a hospital in Kathmandu to AP News Agency.
The last month For example, the number of confirmed cases has increased from a few hundred confirmed cases every day to more than 9,000. The development reminds us of the rampant spread of infection in densely populated India, with more than 400,000 people confirmed to have been infected in the past 24 hours.
He said: “What is happening in India now is a frightening example of Nepal’s future if we cannot curb this recent increase in the spread of the Coronavirus, which requires more and more lives every minute.” Nepal Red Cross chief Nitra Prasad Temsina said in a statement.
Part of the infection spread in Nepal originates in India. Relations between neighboring countries are close, at both high and low levels. A month ago, former Nepalese king Gyanendra Shah and his wife Komal traveled to India to attend the Kumbh Mela Hindu Festival. Together with several million others, they took a sacred swim in the Ganges River in the city of Hardewar. Pictures of the festival show crowds and pilgrims who did not wear mouth guards.
When the members of the royal family Back in Nepal, thousands of people welcomed them at the Kathmandu Capital Airport. A few days later, the couple tested positive for COVID-19.
Many Nepalese workers in India, mainly as maids, lost their jobs during the second wave of the epidemic. When they returned to Nepal, they transmitted the infection in many cases across the border.
A number of cases of Covid-19 virus have also been reported among foreign climbers on the world’s highest mountain, Everest. BBC reports. Staff at the base camp at an altitude of just over 5,000 meters say they have received reports of 17 confirmed cases in Kathmandu hospitals, where several climbers have been sent for treatment.
The first climber Who tested positive for covid-19 was Norwegian Erlend Ness in mid-April. Ireland Ness tells Verdance Gang At first he thought he had altitude sickness. When Ness tested positive for covid-19, he flew by helicopter to the capital, Kathmandu.
Nepal, which has a population of 30 million Just under 380,000 confirmed cases of covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University compilation. 3,600 people died in the covid-19 wards.
Only one percent of the population was vaccinated with two doses. Nepal has received 800,000 vaccine doses from China and is currently negotiating delivery of Sputnik’s vaccine with Russia.