As many as 18 oxygen concentrators have been installed in Kanchanpur-based Mahakali Hospital.

Amid the shortage of oxygen with a sharp increase of Covid-19 patients in the hospital, the oxygen concentrators sent by the federal government has brought relief to the patients, informed Dr Hari Kumar Shrestha, medical superintendent of the hospital.

"The Department of Health Services sent 18 concentrators which have been installed in the hospital," said Dr Shrestha while adding that it will ease the pressure on the health facility.

Currently, the hospital is importing oxygen from Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi based industries, he added.

"The hospital will begin procurement of oxygen with the help of UNICEF," Dr Shrestha said. "For the procurement of oxygen, local levels and private sectors have been contributing their financial support."

Mahakali Hospital has been treating Covid-19 patients in its Temporary Covid Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and emergency ward. Its six-bed ICU has been filled with patients with the start of new wave of coronavirus disease.

According to District Health Office, Kanchanpur, with the advent of the new and more virulent variant of coronavirus, 115 people have lost their lives to the contagion in the district during the second wave.

There are over 5,000 Covid-19 infected persons in the district at present, added Shiva Raj Sunar, Chief of District Health Office, Kanchanpur.

Gauriphanta border point and Gaddachauki border point -- two of the major border points in Sudur Pashchim Province used by Nepali migrant workers to return home from various cities in India -- are located in the district.