Second wave of Covid-19 raging; severe health crisis looms large

Health Ministry warns of serious bed crunch

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Kathmandu: With the country facing the second wave of coronavirus, the Ministry of Health and Population on Sunday warned that hospitals could run out of beds within a few days if the chain of the infection is not broken.

“Hospitals will face a serious bed crunch if we failed to break the chain. So, one and all are urged to strictly abide by health protocols,” said Joint Spokesperson for the ministry Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari in a press statement.

Stating that the guidelines set by the government are the only way to prevent infection, MoHP has appealed to everyone to wear masks, maintain physical distance and pay attention to hand hygiene.

The MoHP has also urged all people to be sensitive by fulfilling their social responsibilities.

31 out of 100 samples test positive

Nepal has been witnessing an alarming increase in coronavirus cases for the past few days. In the last 24 hours alone, a total of 3,122 cases were recorded from 10,078 PCR and antigen tests. The Covid positive rate in the country stands at 31 percent. A total of 28 fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Steady increase

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus cases in the last few days. Nepal registered 2,220 cases on Wednesday; 2,365 cases on Thursday; 2,449 cases on Friday and 2,486 cases on Saturday and 3,122 on Sunday.

Source: Ministry of Health and Population

50 percent cases in valley alone

Out of the total cases in the last 24 hours, Kathmandu Valley registered 1,498 cases — 1,132 cases in Kathmandu, 270 in Lalitpur and 96 in Bhaktapur. The federal capital records to 50 percent of total cases.

Govt making mockery of protocols

At a time when Covid cases are escalating, the Government of Nepal itself is found breaching the protocols.

In most of the events organized by the government in recent weeks, the government has flouted the ban on the gatherings of more than 25 people.

At present, every individual has to strictly abide by the health safety protocols, but the government itself is acting in an irresponsible manner ignoring the impending health crisis in the country.

Following the footsteps of the government, the locals of the Kathmandu valley are also not abiding by the health safety measures and participating in the jatras. It is evident that both the general public and the government have not learnt anything from the first wave of the coronavirus.

Health experts have expressed their dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the present situation.

Health experts irked

Sameer Mani Dixit, a public health expert and director of Research at Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal, said that irresponsible and insensitive moves of the leadership can lead to a grave situation in the country.

“If the government continues such acts, it will lose the moral grounds to make people follow the health safety measures and the people will be more careless even in the face of a huge health crisis.