Nepal has been in lockdown for three weeks to contain the spread of Covid-19. One major challenge in dealing with the new virus is the shortage of protective gear. A country like Nepal, with the conditions of a badly equipped and partly corrupted healthcare system, this shortage hits especially hard. There is a lack of simple protection masks for the population as well as the so important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical staff.
It is mainly the smaller health posts in rural areas which are working without any protective equipment. Because of the fear to become infected, patients with mild symptoms are rejected and sent away from hospitals. However, hospitals must focus on the treatment of seriously ill people. According to the doctors in Kathmandu, only rain capes and self-made protective glasses are available in hospitals to protect medical staff from the virus at least to some level.
Support for health posts and young medical students
For this reason, Akasha Academy NGO provided the much needed PPE to the Health Post in Suntakhan last week sponsored by donations collected by the German partner organsation Long Yang e.V.
As for other Nepalese Health Posts and hospitals, external financial support is the only possibility to get the necessary protective gear for the rising pandemic, Akasha Academy NGO and Long Yang e.V. continue their cooperation on that initiative and expand their support.
Motivated young students of the befriended organisation Nepal Medical Students’ Society (NMSS) have started their own initiative to organize protective equipment and to distribute them to well-known doctors in multiple hospitals and Health Posts in and around Kathmandu. Please donate so we can supply as many doctors as possible.