In Tanahun, only 64 cylinders of oxygen were found in the three government health institutions treating covid. Despite reports of lack of oxygen for the treatment of covid patients in various districts , the concerned bodies have not paid attention to oxygen storage and plant establishment.
The GP Koirala National Respiratory Treatment Center at Belchautara in Shuklagand Municipality-5 has 32 small and large cylinders, while Damauli Hospital has 27 cylinders and Bandipur Hospital has only five cylinders.
Dr. Sunil Poudel of Damauli Hospital said that no local level has shown interest in the issue even though a request was made at the meeting of the Covid Crisis Management Center in the district to focus on oxygen storage.
According to Dr. Poudel, the 27 cylinders in stock at Damauli Hospital cannot meet the demand even for a week. Dr. Poudel said that if many respiratory patients come at once, they will not be able to cope.
Dr. Poudel suggested that the local level should be involved in the purchase of oxygen by cutting other expenses in the current the purchase of oxygen by cutting other expenses in the current situation. “Later, if there was a shortage of oxygen everywhere, it would not be possible to buy it even with money,” said Dr Poudel.
The Ministry of Health has recently provided seven ICUs and four ventilators at Damauli Hospital. But oxygen is also needed to operate the ICU and ventilator.
Dr. Ram Kumar Shrestha, Executive Director of GP Koirala Treatment Center also said that there was not enough oxygen cylinder. He said that the risk can be reduced in the future by purchasing and keeping enough.
Despite the commitment of the plant to bring oxygen from Pokhara, Dr. Shrestha said that there is no guarantee of getting or not getting oxygen as the risk is increasing.
There are only five cylinders in Bandipur Hospital, said Anjir Bhattarai, health chief of the village municipality. He said that the village municipality is going to decide for the purchase of oxygen.
Chief District Officer Sagar Acharya said that the district crisis management center has decided to set up an oxygen plant in the district to prevent shortage of oxygen.
Although the Gandaki state government has allocated Rs 7.5 million for the construction of an oxygen plant at Damauli Hospital, it has not been established yet.
Chairman of the Hospital Management Committee, Pradeep Raj Adhikari, informed that the work has been delayed despite the agreement reached by inviting tenders for the establishment of the plant.
The official said that the oxygen plant has been set up within this fiscal year.
(Source : Online Khabar)