COVID-19 Status in Nepal and the Way Forward

  • Pravash Budhathoki Dr Iwamura Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Dhan Bahadur Shrestha Mangalbare Hospital, Morang, Nepal
  • Sitaram Khadka Shree Birendra Hospital
  • Santoshi Giri Nepal Public Health Research and Development Center, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: COVID-19; Healthcare facilities; Nepal; Pandemic; Prevention, COVID-19, Healthcare facilities, Prevention, Pandemic in Nepal

Abstract

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 due to its global spread. The progression of disease is still at the same speed and the low and middle income countries (LMICs) like Nepal are in a vulnerable state. Starting from the first reported case in January, there have been a total 99 cases as of 7 May 2020 with the chance of further increment in number, but there is no death due to COVID-19 at all in Nepal. The expansion and decentralization of healthcare facilities along with lockdown approach are praiseworthy to contain and treat the disease, however there is still a lack of adequate resources for effective enrichment of healthcare facilities. Poor border security, lack of sufficient health resources, proper health waste management, and social stigmatization remain a major problem for the country. There is not any approved therapy for the treatment of COVID-19, therefore prevention is the best way of effective management in Nepal. The most valid strategy is the application of preventive measures through hand-washing, social distancing, and increasing mass awareness through audio-visual aids about the disease. Simultaneously, the preparedness for effective treatment strategies and application to every healthcare institution handling COVID-19 cases is mandatory.

Author Biographies

Pravash Budhathoki, Dr Iwamura Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Dr Pravash Budhathoki, MBBS is a medical officer in Dr Iwamura Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal. 

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8856-5417

Dhan Bahadur Shrestha, Mangalbare Hospital, Morang, Nepal

Dr Dhan Bahadur Shrestha, MBBS is a medical officer in Mangalbare Hospital, Morang, Nepal.

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8121-083X

Sitaram Khadka, Shree Birendra Hospital

Shree Birendra Hospital; Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu-44600, Nepal

Punjab University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore-54000, Pakistan

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0251-3817

Santoshi Giri, Nepal Public Health Research and Development Center, Kathmandu, Nepal

Ms. Santoshi Giri, MSc is a Program Manager in Nepal Public Health Research and Development Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Published
2020-06-01
How to Cite
Budhathoki, P., Shrestha, D. B., Khadka, S., & Giri, S. (2020). COVID-19 Status in Nepal and the Way Forward. Europasian Journal of Medical Sciences , 2(2). https://doi.org/10.46405/ejms.v2i2.75
Section
Short Communication