Many doctors and even interns do not have a choice, and treat patients without PPE. “If you don’t go to work, the medical college won’t give a certificate,” the doctor complains.
Staff at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kathmandu which gets most of the referrals of suspected coronavirus cases are most at risk. Sagar Kumar Rajbhandary works 12 hour shifts at the Teku hospital, and says PPE are must-have given the number of patients coming in for checkups every day.
“We need at least a 100 PPE units right away, but we have not got it yet,” says Rajbhandry. The anti-biohazard equipment include respirator masks, sterile hoods, gowns, and goggles.
For the past month, hospitals across Nepal have been treating patients coronavirus symptoms without proper PPE, and the medical system is ill-prepared for a major outbreak.
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