Federal Bureau: Corona virus is spreading rapidly in Nepal. Every aspect of social life is being affected by the epidemic. It is a matter of concern that the right to life of the people is being frustrated.
Nepal’s constitution gives its citizens the right to health. Article 35, Clause 1 of the Constitution states, “Every citizen shall have the right to free access to basic health care from the state and no one shall be deprived of emergency health care.” However, due to the Corona epidemic, citizens have lost their lives due to lack of health services.
In Janakpur, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar and other cities most affected by the corona, the incidents of people losing their lives due to lack of treatment are becoming public time and again. Kathmandu, the federal capital of the country, does not seem untouched by that. Citizens suffering from various diseases will reach the hospital after their health condition becomes serious. However, private and government hospitals do not treat under the pretext of corona. Such incidents are not good for the rule of law.
There is a tendency that even critically ill patients will not be admitted to the hospital unless a report is made that there is no corona. Therefore, when a citizen has to lose his life, the good news certainly does not go. Such incidents have added mental anguish to the relatives of the sick for years.
According to the Annapurna Pradesh 1 Bureau, Padam Rai, 23, of Katari-5 in Udayapur died on July 26 while being shifted to the hospital. Mrs. Kamala and her sister Chameli were rushed to the hospital by ambulance due to respiratory problems but died due to untimely treatment at the hospital.
He was initially taken to Nobel Teaching Hospital, but the hospital refused to admit him, seeking proof that he did not have a corona infection. Then Koshi Hospital did the same. The patient died inside the ambulance an hour after Corona was rushed to Koshi Hospital for treatment.
Katari Hospital in Udayapur had referred him to Biratnagar asking him to take him to a well-equipped hospital. Her report was negative when she underwent a PCR test after her death. Relative Roma Gole said Padam died without any treatment. “Because of respiratory problems, she was more likely to survive if she was given oxygen,” she said. Even the big hospitals refused to take patients. ‘
The cause of Rai’s death has not been revealed yet. The hospital did not try to find the cause of death even though the body was handed over to the family without postmortem.
Naradevi Gurung, 52, of Mahalakshmi Municipality-5, Leguwa, Dhankuta, died on April 3 after a large hospital including Neuro and Birat Nursing Home in Morang, Biratnagar refused to treat her. She was brought to Biratnagar through BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan for treatment. BP sent the patient to the Neuro Hospital in Biratnagar saying that the patient should be kept in the ICU immediately and the ICU was not empty. Neuro also refused to treat the patient saying that the ventilator was not empty and he had a high fever. After that, she was brought to Virat Nursing Home and Biratnagar Hospital where she was not treated.
She died shortly after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Noble replied that the patient could not be saved because he was brought in late. Relatives had to spend more than four hours visiting different hospitals.
With the Corona epidemic, health institutions that identify themselves as well-equipped and large hospitals have been showing irresponsibility by refusing to admit patients. Due to which, the patients with problems other than corona have to lose their lives due to lack of treatment, said human rights activist Umesh Bishwakarma. “It takes hours to visit many hospitals in the hope of getting better treatment. “Patients have to die due to untimely treatment,” he said, adding that “hospitals are doing inhumane acts by not admitting patients who need emergency treatment.”
Padam Binadi, head of administration at Virat Nursing, said doctors were afraid to treat patients who showed symptoms due to Corona’s panic. In Dharan, other patients are deprived of treatment after the private hospital stopped providing services except for emergencies. Despite the government’s ban on closing government and private hospitals under any pretext, two large government hospitals in Sunsari have stopped OPD services for 15 days. Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and District Hospital Inaruwa have shut down OPD services.
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Emergency services in-charge Ram Kumar Dhamala said that all services were closed for a few days due to corona. Before the Corona epidemic, 2,500 patients used to come to BP Pratisthan daily. The district hospital also received 200 patients daily. Patients from Jhapa, Morang, Dhankuta, Udaipur, Saptari, Siraha and other places have been deprived of treatment due to the closure of OPD service by the government hospital.
Vidya Chapagain of Morang’s Sundardulari Municipality complained that she was deprived of treatment as the BP Foundation had stopped OPD services. Mayor of Dharan Sub-metropolis Tilak Rai also said that the foundation has stopped OPD service for 15 days and deprived it of health services.
Admission only after PCR
In Jhapa too, private hospitals have been admitting patients only after undergoing PCR test. Due to which some patients have to die before reaching the hospital bed.
In government hospitals, however, even a normal fever is not checked. As corona began to appear in the community in the district, large and private hospitals began searching for PCR reports before admitting patients. If the patient does not have a report for admission and surgery, the hospital will send the swab to the lab of Mechi Hospital. The hospital treats only after the results come out.
Hospitals should look for PCR reports of patients with colds, coughs, fevers and chronic diseases