Lack of isolation wards in Mahottari

1, Jun 2020 |

Due to lack of isolation wards, Jaleshwor District Hospital, with a 15-bed isolation ward, has to deal with 28 COVID-19 infected patients.


Mahottari District faces a shortage of isolation wards to deal with the increasing number of COVID-19 infected people. Jaleshwor District Hospital possesses a 15-bed isolation ward but has to deal with 28 infected people who have been admitted to the hospital. Among the infected people, 19 had tested positive for the virus through PCR and nine through RDT.

The hospital has approval to set up 50-bed isolation wards. So far, the number of infection cases in the district has reached 60. Other infected are receiving care at Janakpur Corona Hospital. Construction of isolation wards equipped with ventilators at the hospital is underway, said the hospital administration. Lack of isolation wards means infected people have been put in quarantine areas, thus increasing infection risks. It seems the existing capacity of the district is not sufficient to deal with the increasing cases of COVID-19.

The district lacks stock of personal protection equipment, testing kits, VTM, isolation beds, ventilators and so on to respond to the crisis. The limited number of health workers is another challenge to deal with the infections. The local levels in the district are allegedly spending the public money in the name of quarantine centers in a haphazard way after the number of quarantine dwellers rose.

They are accused of following no standards to set up quarantine centers which have also increased the risk of misappropriation of budget. The budget is being spent without keeping proper records, it is alleged. Quarantine centers here lack basic infrastructure and facilities. People are given a mat and a bed sheet to sleep on the floor, the food arrangement is also very poor. There are no arrangement for electric fans, mosquito nets, proper toilets and electricity in the quarantine centers. The low quality of food has forced dwellers to demand meals from home.



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