Nepal follows in India’s footsteps against covid: saturation of beds, 47% positivity and shortage of vaccines.
Nepalese are experiencing their worst moment since the beginning of the pandemic , where their medical response capacity, government decisions and their relationship with India are playing a fundamental role in the health crisis they are experiencing.
In a matter of months, coronavirus cases have increased in Nepal, from the 100 that were previously reported to the more than 8,000 in which they are now; 9,070 cases last Wednesday. In addition, the positivity rate -percentage of tests that test positive- at the national level is 47%, that is , almost half of the tests that are carried out end up being positive.
Faced with this situation, the country has acknowledged that it is on the verge of losing control of the outbreak they are suffering , which has led the Nepalese Prime Minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, to request help from the army to manage the emergency facilities and the international community.
As reported by The Guardian , the president of the Nepal Red Cross, Netra Prasad Timsina, said about this situation that “what is happening in India right now is a horrifying foretaste of the future of Nepal if we are not able to contain the latter. wave of Covid that is claiming more lives at times “.
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The situation in Nepal could become much more complicated, as it has fewer doctors per capita than India, 0.7 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, it has only 1,600 intensive care beds and 480 ventilators for a population of 30 million people.
How has this situation been reached?
The Nepalese prime minister has made recommendations and comments about the virus and how to combat it that have not helped the population to take great control measures. As reported by CNN , a few weeks ago he said that the disease could be treated by gargling with guava leaves and that the immune system of Nepalese was stronger due to the daily intake of spices.
Nepal’s relationship with India on a geographical and human level has played a fundamental role. One of the most affected areas has been the city of Nepalgunj, near the border with the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which since last April 27, when the closure of borders with India and a new confinement was announced, began to receive a high influx of Nepalese migrant workers returning before the final closure .
The strong outbreak that India is experiencing, the strains that are being generated there and the weak containment policies within the Nepalese State, as well as the religious festivals of last April with little control, where citizens met in the homes of relatives and friends , you have been able to help its spread.
India registered 3,780 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
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Likewise, the few vaccines they have have been administered in a vaccination campaign that has received criticism for the disorder with which it has been made , causing large queues and crowds of people.
With a total of 3,529 deaths and more than 360,000 infections since the beginning of the pandemic , the spread of the virus in Nepal will continue to increase in the coming days. How far this crisis will reach and the number of those affected remains to be seen, and the measures taken by the Government in the coming days and the international assistance it receives will be fundamental.