Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Nepal, countries with close ties, as well as aid organizations, have been providing health supplies to help the country combat the crisis. PPE, masks, oximeters, ventilators, BiPAP machines, oxygen cylinders, and testing kits are among them.
However, according to multiple sources, the donated items have yet to reach the hospitals in Nepal.
The Department of Health Services’ central store claims to have prioritized the distribution of medical equipment. Hospitals, on the other hand, claim that they have not been receiving the equipment they have requested.
On May 9, the department announced that it had provided ventilators, oxygen cylinders, and oxygen containers to 348 health facilities and hospitals across the country. However, many hospitals have stated that they have not yet received all of the necessary equipment. While some people have received it, many have only received a portion of it, and others have received none at all.
Three ventilators were sent to Seti Provincial Hospital, according to the department’s statement. However, hospital officials claim that no one, let alone the government, has sent them ventilators. According to Dilip Shrestha, the hospital’s information officer, the government has only provided 24 concentrators and 30 oxygen cylinders since April. However, according to the department, 34 concentrators, 40 oxygen cylinders, and three ventilators have been sent.
Seti Hospital isn’t the only one. Mechi Hospital also claims that no medical equipment has been sent to deal with Covid-19. However, according to the department notice, the hospital was given nine oxygen concentrators and one ventilator.
“We got 500 antigen testing kits, but they weren’t from the department,” she says. We had no idea the department was sending medical equipment to the hospital,” says Durga Bahadur Rajbhandari, the hospital’s storekeeper and pharmacist, who adds that the hospital has received 10 oxygen concentrators from other organizations.
Hospitals throughout the valley have also stated that they have not received the items that the department claims to have sent. Dr Sumitra Gautam, the medical superintendent at Bhaktapur Hospital, says the hospital has yet to receive the ventilators that the department promised to send.
“They said they’d send us three oxygen concentrators, but we’ve only gotten two, and we haven’t gotten the ventilator they said they’d send,” Gautam says.
Dhaulagiri Hospital also claims that it has not yet received all of the medical equipment it has been allocated.