COVID-19 Targeted Media Surveillance, Nepal (May 31, 2021) – Nepal
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COVID-19 Targeted Media Surveillance, Nepal (May 31, 2021) – Nepal

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COVID-19 Targeted Media Surveillance, Nepal (May 31, 2021)

Situation report
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Emerging themes:

  • Nepal reports 3,702 new cases of COVID-19, 109 deaths on May 30; countries experiencing drop in infections, health experts suggest ban orders may be gradually relaxed
  • The government has allocated 122.7 million rupees (7.5%) of the total budget to the health sector; 30.56% of the budget allocated to the health sector for the control and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Buying COVID-19 vaccine in China is easier said than done – Chinese company Sinopharm asked Nepal to sign non-disclosure agreement for commercial purchases; Ministry of Health advises local levels not to buy vaccines themselves
  • Government will administer second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to those who took the first, adult citizens will receive vaccine: PM KP Sharma Oli
  • Black fungus observed in 4 patients with COVID-19 at Bheri hospital in Nepalgunj, sent to Kathmandu for treatment; shortage of amhotericin-B used in the treatment of black fungus
  • All swab specimens from the Rural Municipality of Marini de Sindhuli are positive, 68% are positive on contact tracing; Dalit-Musahar Basti residents of Lahan showing COVID-like symptoms in the past 2 weeks
  • Health workers at Bheri hospital manhandled by relatives of a patient who died during treatment at the hospital, the ICU vandalized; two other patients died because doctors had to run for their lives; 6 other patients died as health workers organized a protest program the next day; Nepal medical association calls for action against culprits, order to keep healthcare workers safe
  • 8 COVID-19 patients died at Pokhara-based Western Regional Hospital after hospital ran out of medical oxygen on May 28; Gandaki provincial government says no one died due to an interruption in the oxygen supply; Gandaki province lawmakers demand investigation of case
  • Kanchanpur and Chhatradev appoint medical staff to their health posts to provide the best possible care to people in the area
  • Vietnam detects hybrid variant of India and UK variants of COVID-19 that spreads rapidly by air

Recurring themes:

  • Healthcare professionals reach Barpak remotely from Gorkha after more than 200 COVID-19-like symptoms, 13 deaths in one week
  • More testing is not enough to break the chain of infection; it should be supported by contact tracing, strictly isolating infected people, monitoring the state of health and making sure to go to the hospital in case of deterioration of health; the monsoon brings the threat of other seasonal diseases and epidemics
  • Consumer rights activists are not optimistic about delivery promise made by state-run food trading companies the price of edible oils has nearly doubled in recent days
  • The National Board of Education suggested to prepare an exam template for secondary education and class XII exams only after analyzing the country’s COVID-19 situation; Shuvatara school closes due to crisis triggered by COVID-19 pandemic
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