Update of September 23 Regarding Corona Virus Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people have reached 67,804 after additional 1,172 new cases detected positive in Nepal on September 23, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 49,954 have been discharged after recovery. On September 23, the rate of recovery reached 73.7% along with the 1,893 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 17,414 people are being treated. Till now, the death toll has reached 436. According to the Ministry, 9,497 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
According to Saptari Representative, Manohar Kumar Pokharel, a people’s representative of Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality has been referred to Kathmandu for further treatment after he failed to get a ventilator at the Provincial Covid-19 Special Hospital, Janakpurdham. Ramdev Yadav, the health coordinator of Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality, said that he had to be kept on a ventilator as he was suffering from COVID-19 and had symptoms of pneumonia. Acting Chief of the District Health Office, Saptari, Duniya Lal Yadav said that four members of the Bhim Dal battalion and one member of the Dakneshwari Municipality were found COVID-19 positive during a test conducted at the laboratory of Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital in Rajbiraj.
According to Siraha Representative, Durga Pariyar, a 50-year-old man from Aurahi Rural Municipality-3 died while undergoing treatment at the Isolation of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan on September 22, said District Health Office Chief, Krishna Dev Yadav. The deceased was rushed to Biratnagar-based Neuro Hospital on September 20 for treatment. He was taken to BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan for further treatment after his report was found positive on September 21. The death toll in the district has reached 12. The body will be managed at Gagan Khola in Golbazar Municipality-1, said DSP Shaligram Sharma Poudel of District Police Office, Siraha.
According to Sarlahi Representative, Budhan Sah, the number of people infected with corona has started increasing in Barala municipality and the municipality has sealed the area by issuing a notice on September 24. Abhay Singh, Mayor of the municipality, said that other than the much-needed health services in the Balara municipal area has been closed from September 24 to 30.
In Bagmati Province
On September 23 COVID-19 has been confirmed in 497 people in Kathmandu, 95 in Bhaktapur and 50 in Lalitpur. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy and a 68-year-old woman from Kathmandu and a 74-year-old man from Lalitpur died on September 23.
According to Dhading Representative, Sitaram Adhikari, services other than emergency services have been suspended after Covid-19 was confirmed in an employee of the district hospital. All the services of Dhading Hospital except emergency, Fever Clinic and maternity services have been closed. Other services have been shut down after a health worker confirmed COVID-19. Bikram BK, information officer of the hospital, said that the regular outpatient services including other special services had to be stopped due to corona infection.
According to Chitwan Representative, Dipendra Adhikari, the employees of Bharatpur Hospital and COVID Lab have not yet received the Corona Risk Allowance. Lab Technician Ramesh Adhikari complained that he has not received the allowance as calculated since April. The Ministry of Finance has deposited Rs. 233.67 million in the Corona Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund at Bharatpur Hospital. Even though the ministry deposited the amount on August 19, the health workers have not received the allowance yet. Health worker Kalpana Thapa said that it was unfortunate that they did not get the money even after one month of depositing the money in the hospital account. Chief Accountant of Bharatpur Hospital Bhriguraj Khanal said that the money was not distributed even though it was deposited in the hospital’s account.
According to Kathmandu Representative, Bimala Poudel, the Ministry of Health and Population has recommended that if the number of active cases exceeds 25,000, lockdown will be resumed again.
In Sudur Paschim Province
According to Kailali Representative, Mainamoti Chaudhary, the service has been suspended from September 22 to 26 after a staff member working at the Land Reform and Land Revenue Office, Kailali, was confirmed COVID-19 positive. Laxmi Raj Upadhyaya, the public health inspector of Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan health branch, said that so far, the infection has been confirmed in 489 people including 176 women and 313 men in different wards of Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan city.
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