Second major earthquake keeps medical staff, patients outdoors

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Second major earthquake keeps medical staff, patients outdoors

May 17, 2015-

Hospitals in Kathmandu Valley are struggling to return to normalcy following another strong earthquake on May 12, leaving both the medical staff and patients in fear to enter the hospital buildings.

Although the majority of the hospitals had resumed normal services since the Great Earthquake on April 25, a major aftershock that jolted the country on May 12 has again forced hospitals to extend the services from the tents pitched outside the hospital buildings.  

Patan Hospital is conducting operations on pregnant women inside a make-shift operation theatre in a tent pitched outside the hospital building, where patients with limb and head injuries are also being treated.

“The second major earthquake has again instilled fear among the doctors and patients,” said Dr Pawan Sharma, director of Patan Hospital. “We have been admitting patients in a field hospital in the Nepal Army’s Raj Dal camp in Lagankhel. Eleven patients are currently receiving care there.”

Dr Sharma said they have been trying to convince their staff and planning to extend the services from the ground and first floors of the building by next week. “The hospital building is safe, but the medical staff and patients are yet to overcome the fear of quake,” said Dr Sharma.

Similarly, the Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital in Jorpati has been running its entire services outside the hospital. They have so far performed surgeries on 17 people in a make-shift operation theatre. “We have not been able to convince the patients,” said Dr Saju Pradhan, medical director of the hospital.

While trying to evacuate patients from hospital buildings after the May 12 trembler, Dr Pradhan explained, many of the hospital beds have become dysfunctional with broken wheels.

In what could be seen as an exception, the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital has resumed its normal Out Patient Department along with surgical OPDs.

Published: 18-05-2015 08:49

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