The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, believed to have started from Wuhan city of Hubei Province in China in December 2019 swiftly spread across nations bringing even countries with advanced health facilities to their knees. As countries around the world grappled to address the health crisis by imposing lockdowns, life was brought to a standstill. The disease went from being a public health crisis to a global humanitarian crisis as businesses closed and people lost their livelihoods.
Nepal did not remain unaffected for long. As citizens started returning home from near and far countries, Nepal faced an exponential rise in the number of cases. The nation was in dire need of any help available. Chaudhary Foundation, forerunner in disaster response got to work immediately. Various discussions and meetings were held with health professionals and government officials to come up with a countermeasure for the looming catastrophe.
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COVID-19 Response campaign in 2021, Chaudhary Foundation handed over a newly set up 18-bed ICU ward at the country’s oldest Bir Hospital to the hospital management on June 10, 2021. The Foundation has established the ICU ward to support the treatment of people infected by the second wave of Covid-19.
Nirvana Chaudhary, Vice Chair of Chaudhary Foundation handed over the ICU ward to Prof. Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, Chief Executive Officer of Covid-19 Unified Central Hospital (Bir Hospital) amidst a program organized at Bir Hospital. A total of 18 ICU beds were set up with nine beds on the first floor and another nine on the second floor in the new building of Bir Hospital.
An oxygen plant is also being constructed at the hospital with the coordination of Chaudhary Foundation and financial assistance of Nabil Bank.
The Foundation will set up two more oxygen plants in the Mid and Far Western part of Nepal. The capacity of these three oxygen plants will be 50 cubic meters per hour and can fill up to 200 oxygen cylinders of 40 liters’ capacity daily.
Besides this, the Foundation has donated oxygen concentrators to hospitals in Province 1, Province 2, and Province 5 on June 14, 2021.