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No lack of beds for treatment of Covid-19 patients

JHAPA: Though Covid-19 cases are increasing in Jhapa district day by day, there is no crowd of people infected with corona virus at government COVID Hospital as most of the patients are on home isolation.
A separate 75-bed COVID-19 Treatment Centre is in operation at Mechi Provincial Hospital of Bhadrapur, where 22 Corona Virus infected people have been admitted till Tuesday. Of them, 11 are on oxygen support.
Chairperson of Hospital Development Committee, Somnath Portel, said, “Although no one can say what will happen in future at a time when cases of Corona Virus are increasing, now there is no lack of beds for the treatment of Covid-19 infected people.” The Mechi hospital has been carrying out treatment of COVID-19 patients free of cost. The hospital has facility of PCR test as well as has one ventilator, three ICU and 25-bed High Dependency Unit. He added that the 25-bed HDU would be used for the treatment of Corona Virus infected people as per the need.
An oxygen plant is under construction at the cost of Rs 7.5 million of Province 1 government in order to bring it into operation within mid-May. The oxygen plant could refill 35 cylinders in a day, said Account Officer of the hospital, Manoj Pokharel. The hospital has 47 big and small size oxygen cylinders and 20-25 cylinders of oxygen are consumed daily in the hospital. Meanwhile, number of Corona Virus cases has found increased by four-fold in Jhapa district in a week, shows a government data. Focal Person at the District Health Office, Jhapa, Jeevan Chaulagain, said that the number of Covid-19 infected people has reached 741in the district on Tuesday while it was 195 on April 27.

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