Published at : May 12, 2021
Updated at : May 12, 2021 23:21
KathmanduNepal government's poor communication system has left many Nepalis confused about its vaccination campaign, the status of the country’s stock of the doses and its plan—if it is planning—to procure more jabs against Covid-19. Back in January, Nepal became one of the first countries to launch its vaccination drive against the virus, even as some western countries were struggling. The country was seeing a dramatic decline in the number of new cases. The KP Sharma Oli government acted triumphant, as if it had already won the fight against the pandemic. Complacency, coupled with negligence, missteps and poor governance, then led to a sharp rise in the cases. The country has been overwhelmed by the pandemic. Nepal’s health system is buckling under pressure. Hospitals are turning away patients because they lack beds and oxygen. Nepal’s plan to procure millions of doses of vaccines is currently in a state of limbo.