Bajura health facilities lack beds



Cases of COVID infection have increased dramatically in all nine local levels of Bajura, crushing health facilities in the district.

It is very difficult to perform tests and treat patients at local health facilities amid the rapid increase in cases of the virus in rural areas. The district does not have enough health facilities and the available health facilities are treating patients at full capacity.

Due to the lack of space, COVID patients are treated on the floor and even on stretchers at the Dahakot health post in the rural town of Gaumul.

No less than 18 people have been infected with the virus in the vicinity of the health post.

Health post official Dharma Khatri said those infected were ordered to remain in isolation at home and seek medical help only in case they had difficulty breathing. He said patients were referred to COVID hospital if they developed serious complications.

Health workers said many people with symptoms similar to COVID-19 did not get tested for fear of testing positive for the virus, so the number on paper could be much lower than the actual number. They added that it was very difficult to convince people to take COV-ID tests.

Acting administrative director Raj Bahadur Bhandari of Himali Rural Municipality said it took two days to get to the hospital from their home.

According to the Bajura health unit, up to 12 people have already died from COVID in the district. Among them, three died in isolation at home. Two from the Rural Municipality of Himali and one from the Rural Municipality of Jagannath died at home.

Bajura health bureau chief Daya Krishna Panta said the virus had spread to all villages in Bajura. Of the 1,721 swab samples, 679 have tested positive today.

A version of this article appears in the June 9, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.

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