The second wave of COVID-19 impacts in Nepal

Below is a desperate plea letter sent to one of our eClub member
Joanne Richardson, from Rotarian Surendra Bikram Prajapati,
Charter President, Rotary Club Of Madhyapur 

Dear Rtn. Dr.Joanne and Rotarian friends

Namaste! I do hope you and your family are safe from Covid-19 and in good health, but we are in a very crucial and difficult condition at the moment. The number of deaths due to coronavirus infection in Nepal has risen in the past few days, with 200-225 COVID patients dying in a day. The total number of death cases reached more than 4200 in the country up to today.

Nepal’s COVID caseload has reached 422,111 including 100000 active cases , people guess that the actual number of cases is likely to be much higher as the test positive rate is close to 50 percent.

The COVID viruses spreading in almost every part of the country, many of our relatives, friends, rotary members, parents, teachers, and students are also being infected by the COVID viruses. Some are in ICU and some are in home isolation. A couple of parents and one Rotarian had already lost their lives recently due to lack of oxygen and ventilator on time. We all tried a lot to finding ventilators and oxygen for them, but we couldn’t find any due to our government’s poor management and irresponsibility toward public health in this COVID-19 pandemic.

All Government and private hospital beds are over-occupied and patients are treated on the floor. Some hospitals refuse to take new patients. The worse part is that all the hospital has not enough oxygen,  admitted patients are also not getting enough oxygen. The hospital tells patients to bring oxygen on their own. So you can think about how the situation is bad. Yesterday 9000+ new COVID cases recorded and 234 death. This is the highest number on a signal day. As we are from 22 April in lockdown and it extended for two more weeks and might extend more if the transmission is not slow down.

At this stage, oxygen is most needed for the patients and hospitals. So we thought of giving out some oxygen concertation units to the local Patients or Hospitals. As we are aware that this unit has some limitations and will not help serious COVID patients. This unit’s capacity is limit to 0-10 liters per minute which is not enough oxygen flow for those serious patients, yes but this will definitely help for initial stage symptoms patients and will help hospital management to keep free ICU beds and make them available for serious patients. I think this will be a good project and will save some lives. Please advice.

At this stage, I am not sure about the cost but roughly might cost 80,000/- to 100,000/- Nepali rupee per concentrator. The cost is a bit high because of freight.  ( Approx $850 – $1050 AUS ).I can give you the exact price when I get the invoice from the suppliers soon.

I highly appreciated your support and cooperation in what you did in the past days. Thank you very much for your all efforts and help. Stay safe and take care.

At the present, everything is closed down for the last 3 weeks, we have been trying to continue the students’ education again since the last 20th April and helping needy people as far as possible.

Once again, we extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all friends and well-wishers for your support and cooperation in what you showed in the past.

Thank god, we all family are safe and ok till today and trying to defeat the COVID-19 by staying at home. Let’s pray for the ending of COVID-19 soon.

Stay safe and take care of all my friends. See you .THANKS.

With regards

Rotarian Surendra Bikram Prajapati
Charter  President
Rotary Club of Madhyapur


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