Hospitals With Over 100 Beds Asked To Set Up Oxygen Plants

Nepal’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 75.5 per cent with 4,444 recoveries reported in a single day. With this, the total recoveries have reached 316,463.
Also, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the nation’s COVID-19 death toll has now climbed to 4,252 with 168 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
According to Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at MoHP, 9,305 new cases were recorded in a single day and the pandemic tally has reached 422,349.
The Kathmandu Valley recorded 3,924 new infections in the past 24 hours. Of them, 3,250 cases were confirmed in Kathmandu, 448 in Lalitpur and 226 in Bhaktapur.
In the past 24 hours, 4,636 new infections were recorded in Bagmati Province, 520 in Gandaki, 1,640 in Lumbini, 891 in Province 1 and 342 in Province 2. Likewise, 881 cases were reported from Sudurpaschim and 382 from Karnali province.
A total of 20,262 PCR and 424 antigen tests were performed in the past 24 hours, according to the MoHP.
According to the MoHP, Nepal now has 101,634 active cases of COVID-19. Of them, 7,291 patients are admitted to various institutional isolations and 94,343 are placed in home isolation.
Of the active patients, 1,291 are admitted to the ICU and 285 are receiving treatment with ventilator support. Likewise, 398 people, mostly those who had returned from abroad, are placed in quarantine.
The latest MoHP data show that youths falling in 20-29 and 30-39 age groups form the biggest chunk of the COVID-19 patients.
Among the total infected on Wednesday, 1,992 fall in 20-29 age group and 2,206 in 30-39 age group. Similarly, 1,732 cases were detected in 40-49 age group, 1,316 in 50-59 age group, 713 in 60-69 age group and 591 in 70 plus age group.
Similarly, 232 cases were detected in children aged 0-9 years and 556 in 10-19 years old.
The MoHP has directed all the community and private hospitals having more than 100 beds for establishing oxygen plant within 15 days.
Speaking at a media briefing today, spokesperson at MoHP Jageshwor Gautam asked to establish oxygen plant in each hospital having more than 100 beds and to report about the progress to MoHP within 15 days. The MoHP will provide the necessary assistance for establishment of oxygen plant in the hospitals.
Dr. Gautam informed that the hospitals would coordinate with the Quality Standard and Regulation Division under the MoHP for the cause.Citing the crunch of medical oxygen, many hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley have stopped admitting new COVID-19 patients as of late.