COVID-19 UPDATE - URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPORT
The fight against Covid-19 has now come to Nepal where due to limited financial and material resources, the challenges are increased. Weaker health systems already fail to meet people’s normal basic health needs and will easily and quickly collapse if the virus is not contained. The response capacity of Nepal, in case of a full outbreak, is severely limited.
NHN has been working hard to continue to provide our normal medical services, while at the same time adapting to and addressing the challenges presented by the coronavirus.
We desperately need Surgical and N95 masks, gloves, PPE equipment, ventilators, monitors, viral transport media and other equipment to protect our frontline health workers as well as provide adequate care to infected people in need of emergency care.
We estimate the cost to procure the required equipment to be well in excess of US$250,000.
If you or anyone you know is in a position to help with funding (no matter how small) or in-kind support, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please spread the word of our need as someone you know may be in a position to support NHN. Your help today will save lives and ensure NHN is able to undertake our vital role in the fight against Covid19.
We will, of course, provide detailed reports regarding the expenditure of all funds received to fight the Covid-19 pandemics. These reports will be made public in order to ensure maximum transparency of our operations.
The situation in Nepal so far:
Where we work
Following early cases of positive coronavirus diagnosis, the Government of Nepal took the right steps to suspend all international flights, seal the borders, and lock down the country. However, the country is still at high risk of community transmission.
Given the very limited current testing ability of the Government, Nepal is recording very few confirmed cases
at this time but Nepal's Ministry of Health
& Population (MOHP) is actively working on expanding testing. The Department of Health Services, under the MOHP, is working to get hospitals in each of the seven provinces ready to care for coronavirus patients - two of these hospitals are NHN run hospitals.
The discovery of Covid-19 cases in India, a country with which Nepal shares open borders, has caused tens of thousands of migrant workers to return to Nepal prior to the announcement of lockdown. NHN’s run Bayalpata hospital in Achham is located in the Far West Province where many of these migrant workers live.
Influx of people returning from India at the borders, on 21 March, 2020. Source: Dinesh Khabar Facebook
NHN's preparations so far:
We have already implemented important programmatic, supply chain-related, and team safety-related steps. We have established isolation rooms and fever clinics both in Bayalpata Hospital and in the other hospital we run in Charikot, Bagmati Province. Frontline health workers have been trained on self-care and infection prevention and are on duty while other key staff are on standby positioned for any support requested by the government.
Within the communities we work with (a population of 230,000), our Community Health Workers (CHWs) are providing care remotely, and are supporting the municipalities and health facilities in the care delivery as needed. This will reduce the need for patients to travel and risk exposing themselves or others to the virus.
CHW in Tamakoshi Rural Municipality leading counseling related to Covid-19
Within the communities we work with (a population of 230,000), our Community Health Workers (CHWs) are providing care remotely, and are supporting the municipalities and health facilities in the care delivery as needed. This will reduce the need for patients to travel and risk exposing themselves or others to the virus. We have started mental health counseling remotely through psychosocial counselors for Covid19 patients, and others as needed.
Start of Fever Clinic
We have added Covid-19 tracking pages on our Electronic Health Record (the digital systems that record all patient treatments, used at healthcare facilities) and Comcare (used in the community). This will now provide vital information to assist us in monitoring the virus in our communities. We have formed an internal crisis management team who are working alongside the government of Nepal (particularly with the Ministry of Health and Population) and closely following World Health Organization guidelines.
Isolation ward in NHN managed Charikot Hospital, Dolakha
In order to stay on top of this situation please do visit our website regularly and please, do what you can today to save lives.
Thank you from all of us at Nyaya Health Nepal for being on our side at this time.
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