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!
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.
- Our partner NGO Himshikhara, reports that all the children and staff are well and happy. The Home manager and staff have been given advice instructed by the Nepal government and the World Health Organisation re helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus and to keep safe. Special emphasis has been made with regard to effective handwashing and self distancing.
- Nirmala, the Home Mother is able to Homeschool the children while the schools remain closed in Nepal.
- The Home has two buffalos which provide milk and there are chickens producing eggs.
- Despite three severe thunderstorms with hailstones measuring 3-4 cm, there are vegetables such as cabbage and cauliflower planted on the land, which have survived! A plastic crop tunnel is to be constructed to protect the vegetables from adverse weather.
- Other essential such as lentils, rice and oil, to last for approximately two months have been purchased so to avoid the need to visit the local town during the 'lockdown'.
- There is a Health Post within 10 minute walk should medical care be required.