The Covid-19 crisis is hitting Nepal’s health system. The already weak health system in rural areas is of enormous concern because in case of massive spread of the virus it would be difficult to contain it and treat the sick people.
WHERE THE INTERVENTION IS CARRIED OUT
Jibjibe Community Hospital is the main health center in the rural and remote area of the rural municipality of Kalika, in the Rasuwa district. There are no hospitals in these remote areas and people are forced to walk for over 3 hours to reach the nearest health center. The existing health centers are lacking in adequate equipment and in trained health personnel. Often there are no doctors but only paramedics or insufficiently qualified nurses.
WHY WE ACT IN THIS AREA
People don’t seem to rely on health care and on “prevention”. There is no system for the prevention of the most common diseases such as diarrhea and communities do not respect and do not practice basic hygiene rules. Having no access to a health system, 75% of the population of the Municipality relies on traditional doctors and in severe cases is forced to travel to the capital with great difficulties since there are no ambulances and the roads are often blocked during the rainy period. Very often people die before they manage to get to the nearest equipped health center.
The local health system is unable to respond to the spread of Covid-19. Prevention is the most effective assistance and awareness of basic hygiene behaviors is the key to preventing and fighting the virus.
WHAT CONSISTS THE PROJECT IN
ASIA, through the CEI (Italian Episcopal Conference) funds, has decided to support the community hospital of Jibjibe in the municipality of Kalika, the hospital that covers also the rural area of Naukunda, where ASIA works most. The hospital is devoid of equipment, medicines and protective materials to fight against coronavirus. Inside the health center, a Covid-19 area is being set up to treat any infected patients.
ASIA will equip the hospital with the following materials:
- 5000 surgical masks
- 150 FFP3 masks
- 4000 pairs of disposable gloves
- 103 protective shields for face and eyes
- 103 pairs of boots
- 103 pairs of protective gloves for cleaning
- 50 aprons for cleaners and staff
- 50 bags for special waste
- 133 liters of disinfectant gel
- 100 liters of liquid soap
- 500 liters of sodium hypochlorite solution
- 20 protective medical suits
- 10 pulse oximeters
- 2 oxygen concentrators
- 4 infrared thermometers
- Oxygen therapy equipment
- 10 hospital beds
- 10 oxygen cylinders
In addition, 2 sewing machines will be purchased for the women of the community and the material for the production of masks to be distributed to the local population.
The beneficiaries of this intervention are the inhabitants of the municipalities of Kalika (11393 people) and Naukunda (11824 people).
Project financed by the Italian Episcopal Conference