Update of May 9 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 394,667 after additional 8,850 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 9, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 302,787 of the total infected have recovered and the rate of recovery has reached 76.7% along with the 4,022 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 18,787 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 9, 47% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 15% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 9, 854 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 3,720. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 88 people died on May 9. There are 88,160 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Dhanusha, Parsa, Mahottari, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Kaski, Gorkha, Dang, Rupandehi, Banke, Palpa, Bardiya, Kapilbastu, Surkhet, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Baitadi.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued complete and partial prohibition in 68 districts.
According to Mahottari representative Ajay Kumar Sah, an infected person has died at Jaleshwor Hospital due to a lack of manpower to operate a ventilator. One of the infected people died due to the non-availability of the facility despite the doctor’s advice to keep him on a ventilator.
The hospital has stated that it the patient was sent to Janakpur by ambulance due to a lack of manpower to operate the ventilator in Jaleshwor Hospital. Last year, Jaleshwor Hospital had purchased five ventilators for more than Rs 20 million. However, due to lack of manpower, ventilators are not being used.
According to Kathmandu representative Bimala Poudel, the government has decided to turn the new building of Bir Hospital into a 500-bed COVID Special Hospital. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held on May 9, said government spokesperson Information and Communication Technology Minister Parbat Gurung. A few days ago, the Covid-19 Crisis Management Operations Centre (CCMC) had recommended to make the new building of Bir Hospital a Covid-19 special hospital.
According to Dhading representative Sitaram Adhikari, there is a shortage of health workers in Dhading Hospital. Forty health workers working at the hospital have been diagnosed positive of COVID-19 and are living in isolation and this has caused problems in the daily treatment of patients. At present, two health workers have been treating patients at Dhading Hospital for nine days. Around 50 patients visit Dhading Hospital daily. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital Tribhuwan Chandra Jha said that there was a problem in the treatment due to a lack of health workers.
According to Bhaktapur representative Ramesh Giri, an infected person of Changunarayan died due to lack of ICU and ventilator. According to his family, he was admitted to Bhaktapur Hospital for treatment on May 4 due to respiratory problems. Dr. Sumitra Gautam, Medical Superintendent of Bhaktapur Hospital, said that there was a shortage of ICU due to the high flow of patients even though the hospital had operated a six-bed ICU and a 25-bed high care unit. Two infected people of COVID-19 died at Bhaktapur International Hospital in Kaushaltar on May 9, 2021 due to lack of oxygen in Bhaktapur.
According to Dolpa representative Bishnu Prasad Devkota, due to non-operation of oxygen plant in the district hospital the treatment of COVID infected people has been hampered. Although Dragon Meditech Pvt. Ltd. Surkhet has taken the responsibility of transportation and connection of the oxygen plant, it has not come into operation yet due to lack of connection. The office has called a technician for the connection as soon as possible as a biomedical engineer is needed for the connection and the connection will be made operational within two to three days.
According to Humla representative Nanda Singh, the oxygen saturation level of 15 patients of Tanjakot rural municipality has dropped below 92. Health post in-charge Dhanraj Dhakal informed that the oxygen level of 15 people was less than 92 in the test conducted by the Maila Health Post at Chhaprela of Tanjakot Rural Municipality-3 on May 9.
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