The Himalayan Times reports that on Sunday, Nepal’s coronavirus case count reached 261,859 with 421 newly confirmed cases and 1885 deaths. However, it must be remembered that these figures reveal only the results of those tested. Local people report that since the lockdown ended people are ignoring the advice to wear masks and socially distance and that there are many unable to go to hospitals, are sick at home and deaths have risen noticeably.
Our sincere thanks to all who donated to The Nestling Trust during the BigGive week this year.
We are delighted to say that we've reached our target figure for the Horticultural project. This will help the sustainability of the Sarangkot Nestling Home, by providing organic fresh fruit and vegetables for children in the Home as well as local villagers, so helping to generate funds for clothing and education.
Local Coronavirus restrictions allowing, we hope that work can begin by early February.
Land at the home is exposed to adverse weather and as a result crops in the garden often fail.
The Children’s Home Horticultural Project involves building protected ‘pit greenhouses’, giving training opportunities and work for those who have lost their jobs as a consequence of the pandemic.
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The Children’s Home Horticultural Project
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The project will improve the sustainability of our Children’s home in Sarangkot by providing organic fresh fruit and vegetables for the Home and local villagers, as well as generating an income to offset other expenditure such as clothes, education etc. Land at the home is exposed to adverse weather and as a consequence crops in the garden often fail. Water supplies are scarce and unreliable. Fruit and vegetables have to be bought at considerable cost and at some distance.
The project involves building protected ‘pit greenhouses’ which will provide fresh produce for the home and local villagers but also training opportunities and work for those who have lost their jobs as a consequence of the pandemic.
Proposed site for the 3 Pit Greenhouses - below the playground area of the Children's Home.
Children's Home livestock would provide organic fertiliser!
TNT supports a Nepali Pharmacist with project to feed doctors, nurses and patients suffering with covid-19
Bijendra Aryal, Nestling Trust director in Nepal has been to visit Bikram Bhadel, a pharmacist whose workplace is opposite the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu. The visit was the result of the Nestling Trust seeing the following article:
The following was reported:
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — From his pharmacy outside Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Bikram Bhadel saw what happened when coronavirus lockdowns closed the facility’s cafeteria and nearby cafes.
“Every day I watched the patients, their families, doctors and other health workers struggling to get a good meal,” Bhadel said. “They were already having a tough time and the food situation was making it worse. This is where I decided that I need to step in and help out.”
He took 1 million rupees ($8,333) out of his family’s savings. And with the help of his friend Indra Kumar Newar -- a taxi driver who had no work in recent months due to the lockdowns -- he rented a vacant restaurant across the street from the hospital, bought groceries and hired a few helpers.
Now, at one of Nepal’s largest hospitals, more than 200 COVID-19 patients, doctors, nurses and workers get hot, tasty and nutritious food three times a day.
“I have heard there is no medicine for the COVID-19 patients and the only thing to do is to take care of them and give them health food to help recover and regain their immunity. This is what we are trying to do to help,” Bhadel said.
The meals are vegetarian, prepared after consulting with nutritionists. They offer a combination of rice, lentil, beans, vegetables, fruit and salad for brunch and dinner, and snacks in afternoon.
They begin their day early in the morning. preparing hundreds of meals. Food is packed in disposable packets and carried by Bhadel and Newar to the hospital reception area, where the staff eagerly awaits.
“The doctors and health workers have been working risking their own lives and away from their families. It was time to do something for them when they need them,” Newar said.
Staffers work and stay at the hospital for a week on duty and then another week in quarantine before they are allowed to return home for a week off work. While they are at the hospital, their only access to hot meals has been what the team delivers.
Nepal -- which has 49,219 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 312 deaths -- first imposed a lockdown in March, which lasted for four months. A second lockdown was set last month in nearly half the country when the numbers kept rising.
Bhadel and Newar estimate they spend about 50,000 rupees ($416) a day for groceries. They have hired 11 cooks and helpers, all of them paid minimum wage and are regularly tested for the virus.
Families, friends and neighbours have donated food, money and supplies. Bhadel and Newar have paid the rent for three months.
“We are hopeful the situation will get better in three months,” Bhadel said, “but if that does not happen, we will continue our work.”
The Nestling Trust will contribute food needed for the preparation of meals in support of this amazing project.
KATHMANDU: The Health Ministry has reported 1,325 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours taking the national tally to 64,122.
Today’s reported infections in the Kathmandu valley is 59.05 per cent of the country’s total cases.
11 more Covid-19 fatalities were recorded on Saturday bringing the total nationwide death toll to 427. Despite the escalating figures the government released the lockdown in Nepal on Thursday. Thousands have already lost jobs and livelihoods due to the lockdown which has been in place since March.
It has been reported in the Himalayan Times that 400 Nepalese people per day are risking the high prevalence of Coronavirus in India (cases now estimated as 90,000), and are returning in order to find jobs.
The Himalayan times reported today that the total number of people infected with coronavirus has increased to 50,465. 1246 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours.
The death toll now stands at 317.
The lockdown is beginning to be eased albeit with restrictions.
The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 1120 new cases of coronavirus infection from across the country. Nepal’s Covid-19 tally now stands at 41,649 with 251 deaths. Lockdown has now been extended until at least 9th September '20, causing extreme hardship for families who now have no work. Schools remain closed and children from the poorer backgrounds are unable to access distance online learning.
Those known to have Coronavirus has now reached 29,645 with numbers escalating daily especially in the Kathmandu valley. This has led the government to announce a week long prohibitory order enforced in Kathmandu valley effective from Wednesday 19th August at midnight.
The Himalayan Times reports that the prohibitory order has been issued to 'discourage unwarranted movement of people in order to control the increasing spread of coronavirus infection in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur....'
I am Dr. Arun Upreti.
I am currently working as a Staff Physician in Charikot Hospital from Nyaya Health Nepal. Previously I worked as a medical officer for Government of Nepal in the same institute for 2 years. Charikot Hospital is operated in by Nepal Government in Partnership with Nyaya Health Nepal. Charikot Hospital is the largest health care provider in the district and provides health care services to over 50,000 annually.
COVID has been a unique challenge for Nepalese health care system. The rural health care system which is run mostly by paramedics, nurses and fresh MBBS graduates is particularly vulnerable due to lack of adequately trained human resource, unavailability of COVID tests, under funded quarantine and isolation centers.
Nepal government’s policies and guidelines are not replicated at the local level. I have now been working here for 2 months during the COVID pandemic - the only protection that I use is a N95 mask and gloves. The fever clinic is almost non functional. We feared working like that initially but now it has become a norm. There is a little difference between us practicing medicine pre and post COVID.
Other public health measures like point of entry testing, community screening, contact tracing and surveillance do not meet the standards recommended in national protocols. Most teams are formed with inadequately trained staffs without proper IT and communication facilities.
However there has been vast community engagement, thanks largely to the lockdowns which has completely changed the lives of everyone. Agencies and health care workers across all level are engaged in health education about COVID. Use of masks and hand washing has been prompted at all levels through available health facilities and FCHVs.
While lockdowns have been important in curbing the spread of COVID, it has brought several impediments to health seeking behaviour of people. Due to unavailability of transportation facilities the number of patients in our OPDs has halved. The obstetric cases have been on the rise probably due to lack of services in other centers and people not having access to higher centers. As many complicated obstetric cases cannot go to higher centers in Kathmandu, our CS rate has also been on the rise. We have also seen too many cases of ruptured appendix, strangulated hernia all probably due to lack of elective procedures.
Mental health is an aspect that has been overlooked. We have seen a significant rise in suicides in the district. We have been performing autopsies almost everyday, and the average autopsies for suicides has almost doubled in the last few months.
The elderly and single women have also been significantly affected by the lockdowns. Many of them cannot get the health care they need. We had one elderly women who presented to our center with fractured femur, which needed operative management. None of her family members were willing to take her to higher center for treatment. We get similar stories almost everyday. Some day its a fracture needing operative management, other days it COPD requiring ICU admissions. Most have given up on treatment for the elderly because of lack of transport and risk of COVID infection.
I strongly believe these are the areas that needs significant work and should be important part of the COVID response. I believe we need community based programs that are related to mental health. Also assistance to elderly, single women and pregnant mothers especially for transportation would be particularly helpful in the lockdown.
Thousands of jobless Nepali migrant workers are coming back into Nepal from India - many held waiting at the border.
It was reported that 4000 arrived last week without proper testing and are returning to their villages all over Nepal.
Some are in quarantine but we understand that many are running away from quarantine areas due to lack of food.
The Nestling Trust is running a campaign to Hike the Height of Everest (Virtually) The Team High Hopes has members in the Wiltshire and New Zealand. It is a huge effort with the aim of saving lives in the vulnerable communities of Nepal.
Coronavirus is escalating in Nepal. It is reported that at least 83,020 Nepali migrant workers have returned from India alone, with at least 400 still entering Nepal daily. India is fourth in the table of the worst Coronavirus hit countries with figures still soaring. Thousands more are returning from the Gulf countries and China.
Nepal's frail health system is struggling with inadequate testing and with thousands heading for the remotes villages, the situation is of huge concern. The Nestling Trust with SITARA their partner NGO, has already provided vital medical equipment, PPE, disinfectant and soap for the Health Posts it has established, but much more is needed to support their work, to quarantine those newly arriving and to ensure needy families have food and soap at this time of crisis.
Today (18 June 2020) the active cases are 7848 (Seven Thousands Eight Hundred Forty Eight). COVID 19 is escalating in Nepal daily. t is the 87th day of lockdown, but still Nepali people, from neighbouring countries, mainly India are returning. They are migrant workers who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 and lockdown everywhere.
The situation is getting worse day by day. In the last ten days cases those found to be infected have doubled.
The Nestling Trust (TNT) through their partner NGO SITARA, provided PPE - surgical masks, gloves, soap, sanitizer, disinfectant etc. to Health Posts in five remote areas of Dolakha Nepal. Should Covid-19 spread to such remote areas it will be disastrous due to the lack of very basic medical items. People from those areas have no easy access to facilities, where symptoms of the COVID-19 can be treated. They have to travel long way to visit the Primary Health Centre or a hospital and the roads and tracks across the mountains are very bad and often impassable.
We have heard from the remote Health Posts of Chilankha and Lapilang (established by TNT and SITARA in 2016) that so far the villagers are safe. They are following the World health Organisation and government guidelines to prevent infection by COVID 19. Nurses are teaching effective hand washing and self-distancing measures.
Due to the continuous lockdown and resulting loss of livelihoods, hunger is becoming a major problem.
TNT is helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus and we are thankful to TNT from the bottom of our heart.
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Coronavirus is an unprecedented global emergency. Nepal, one of the most vulnerable developing countries, is now facing a catastrophe of immense proportions. The frail infrastructure means that health services will be completely overwhelmed and it is vital to support measures to help prevent the spread.
In the last 6 years The NestlingTrust (TNT) with partner NGO Sitara, working with the Nepal Ministry of Health has established five Health Posts in the mountainous region of Dolakha Nepal, where previously no health facility existed. Each health post serves a population of approximately 6000. Now it is vital to ensure these health post have the necessary medical supplies and equipment to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
TNT has already provided infrared thermometers and protective equipment so nurses are able to check returning migrant workers and villagers for signs and symptoms of the deadly virus. Much more is needed to equip isolation areas, and supply food to those who have lost jobs and now face hunger.
The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed 27 new cases of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, taking the nationwide tally to 402. The country remains in lockdown and people are urged to practice effective handwashing and self distancing.
Today there are 191 Covid-19 cases, of these 57 cases were identified today, the largest number since lockdown throughout the country.
We have two types of test i.e PCR and RDT. PCR tests near about 19000 and From RDT 60000. As we heard PCR is real test.
Testing is going on in all provinces. Mostly affected area is the Indian Boarder. Today's test found a nurse affected and a journalist. None in Kathmandu now.
There are about 3 Million Nepalese migrant workers, mostly in Golf Countries. Now, as per the Online news many Nepalese want to get back to Nepal. Among those 3 million 407,000 want to return. 127,000 have expired visaa and need to return urgently. Right now nobody knows how they can come, but public is making pressure to government to bring those migrant workers back to Nepal.
I think due to the lack of Quarantine places to keep the returnee migrants, it is a big problem for government to bring them.
It is the same for Nepalese people from India, who are at the border - they are being held there, they want to come to Nepal. If Indian are on Nepalese Boarder Nepal is feeding them, and Nepalese on Indian Boarder, India is feeding them. After the completion of 14 days they do entered to the specific Country.
Actually, due to the open Boarder, no record how many Nepalese are in India but it is assumed more then 2 million. Due to the situation, everywhere there is no employment, people have lost jobs and it is a big problem.
As Covid-19 cases increase, the situation is becoming critical forcing the Government to extend Lockdown until 18th May.
Already Narayani Hospital, one of the main hospitals receiving Covid -19 patients is struggling to cope. The hospital has just one ventilator!
In developing countries, like Nepal, where so many rural areas are without any healthcare facilities the spread of the Coronavirus will be disastrous.
The Nestling Trust is seeking to help equip the isolation areas in Marbu and Melung, which are woefully lacking in even basic essential equipment. (See photos below) Should anyone wish to contribute through the 'Justgiving' button on this website, we would be most grateful.
Marbu nurses check people returning to their village from kathmandu
As dawn broke today, Sitara General Secretary Chuda and TNT director Subash Shiwakoti travelled under special licence from Kathmandu to the mountainous region of Dolakha. Despite the 'lockdown' all over Nepal, permission had been grated for them to take much needed supplies of PPE and medical equipment to the Melung Health Post and to two District Public Health Centres. Each Health Post established by TNT as well as the two district public health centres now have equipment to help reduce the spread of the Corinavirus. All the supplies and delivery costs have been funded by the TNT who have also provided soap to be distributed to the villagers.
TNT has funded essential items for helping reduce the spread of the Corinavirus Covid-19 in Nepal. Sitara our partner NGO arranged delivery to four Health Posts and a remote District Health Centre today, and a further delivery to the 5th Health Post in Lapilang and another District Health Centre is planned for Thursday. Prior to this delivery all the medical facilities were desperately short of masks, aprons, gloves and had no infrared thermometers. At the time of such worldwide shortages it is amazing that Sitara has been able to locate these items and we thank them most sincerely for their hard work and perseverance. Thank you also to all our loyal supporters - it is because of you this has been possible.
1. Health Posts In Marbu, Lapilang, Bhirkot, Chilankha And Melung
Migrant workers from China and India who have lost their jobs through the Covid-19 virus are returning to their villages. This is also true of thousands of workers in Kathmandu who have lost their jobs because of the 'lockdown' in Nepal now entering the 26th day. The likelihood of the virus spreading to the many remote villages is therefore extremely high.
The Nestling Trust(TNT) has through Sitara, our partner NGO, located masks, gloves, aprons, disinfectant, thermo thermometers and sanitizer, for the nurses and staff in the five Health Posts we have established, and also for the District Public Health Centre in Dolakha. We are currently seeking a special license (due to the lockdown) from the government, to allow transportation of the supplies to the remote villages of Marbu, Bhirkot, Lapilang, Chilankha, and Melung.
The Health Posts are currently providing Health education for villagers regarding measures to prevent the spread of the virus such as handwashing and self-distancing. We are supplying soap for families too poor to afford it.
The Health Posts of Marbu and Melung have taken over the local school building in each village, and are making isolation wards but there is desperate lack of equipment in the face of the approaching disaster.
We know that no patient in these areas will have access to ventilators or anything like the facilities they might find in a city hospital. TNT is trying to raise funds to help in providing some equipment for these isolation wards, at present there is not even any oxygen. The photos below show the preparation of the isolation ward in the local school in Melung, it also shows the desperate need of equipment!
2. Preeti Project
The Nestling Trust and Sitara our partner NGO have been working with the Local government at Preeti, a very mountainous and remote area of Ramechap region. Here 30,000 people are without medical facility and we plan to help build and establish a Health and Birthing Centre. Sadly due to the Corinavirus and the lockdown in Nepal, the plan has had to be delayed. This is very frustrating however, money raised by TNT to commence this project has been 'ringfenced' until we have permission from the Social Welfare Council to go ahead.
3. The Nestling Children's Home, Sarangkot
Report from Bijendra Aryal, Nestling Trust Director, Kathmandu
The number of Covid-19 infected people has now reached forty seven. As the number increases people are panicking - they fear that the government will increase the 'lockdown' and this will result in people dying of hunger rather than by COVID 19. The reason is that they have lost their jobs and livelihoods and so have no money to buy food. People are returning to their villages without caring about the possible effect of spreading the coronavirus, people are going on trucks and busses. There is a lack in coordination and effective management. It is affecting everyone but especially the underprivileged - children and families are suffering.
Only the big supermarkets are allowed to open so people think that government is discriminating against the small shopkeepers who have been forced to close.
There is a lack of awareness of social distancing. Hundreds of people gather in public places to get food and that has increased the chances of spreading of virus. We don’t know how many people are infected, one family who has been sewing and distributing masks was found infected with corona today.
In the villages there is a greater lack of awareness, due to gatherings and partying ,whole villages could be infected.
When 'lockdown' is over and people start to come back to Kathmandu from the villages then the situation in Kathmandu will be made worse. Hospitals will struggle, already it has been announced that there is scarcity of blood in blood banks.
Thousands leave Kathmandu for their villages. Due to 'lockdown' no jobs and no money.
No social distancing as many crowd into lorries!
For many walking is the only option - journeys can take 7 to 10 days
Exhausted Families Rest Enroute To Their Villages
Impact of Coronavirus Covid -19 in Nepal.
Coronavirus Covid-19 arrives into Nepal.
A student doing his PhD in Wuhan, China, returned to Nepal on 5th January 2020. He was admitted to hospital complaining of respiratory problems on 13th January 2020. Throat swabs and blood samples taken from the student were sent to the WHO’s Collaborating Centre in Hong Kong. After treatment and medication the student's condition improved and he was discharged after five days, but crucially before a report showing positive results was sent back to the hospital. Efforts were made to trace the student's family but there was no indication as to where the man had gone or what his activities had been after discharge.
24th March 2020 Nepal Government announces a total lockdown which is being enforced by security forces.
17th April 2020 in a single day an increase of 14 active cases bringing the total to 30.
The Government is increasing the testing through Rapid Diagnostic Test and PCR Machine. So far nearly 25000 people have been tested and 30 confirmed positive.
Today is the 25th day of the Lockdown of Nepal, now the social effects can be seen. Jobs and livelihoods are lost especially those earning daily labour wages such as those in city areas and those involved in construction suddenly there is no money coming in and so have no means to buy food.
People are going to their villages by foot carrying the children and all their belongings. They have to walk 50 Km to 800 Km to reach their destinations. On the way, they have no place to eat and only streets and fields to sleep. It is difficult to cross from one district to another. Sometimes they are prevented by local people fearful of any virus they may have and sometimes stopped and turned back by police, but they have nowhere else to go. Now it is the matter of hunger and a humanitarian disaster. Already many people in Kathmandu are hungry due to 'Lockdown' and being unable to work. These Government measures have now been extended until 30th April '20, and enforcement is very strict.
The Nestling Trust is providing PPE for the 5 Health Posts in Marbu, Lapilang. Bhirkot, Chilankha and Melung plus the District Health Office
Sitara our partner NGO has managed to locate much needed personal protective equipment for the nurses and staff at all five health posts which TNT and Sitara has helped build and establish. It is imperative that TNT supports the clinics as well as the District Health Office (DHO) in Dolakha, in their quest to prevent or slow, the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Nepal. TNT today transferred NR's 666000 (£4,500) for the purchase of masks, gloves. aprons, thermogun thermometers, disinfectant, buckets, sanitiser for the Health Posts and DHO, and also soap for the villagers.
In response to the Corinavirus pandemic the Nepal government announced a total 'Lockdown' on 24th March '20. This is being enforced by the security forces.
By the 2nd April '20 only 5 cases of people suffering with the virus had been confirmed but it is thought that this is due to lack of resources. So far less than 1000 have undergone testing.
Many migrant workers have returned from India, the Gulf States and China and prior to the 'Lockdown' thousands of Nepali families left Kathmandu and headed for their home villages. It could well be that Corinavirus has already spread to many villages around the country.
To date there has been 16 cases of Covid-19 coronavirus confirmed in Nepal and one death. Today the Government has extended the 'lockdown' for at least another two weeks.