Doti's Badikedar Rural Municipality has brought a COVID hospital into operation and started treating patients there.

The hospital has ten beds along with isolation ward. Six health workers, including a doctor, attend the patients.

Health Office of the local level has been turned into the COVID hospital.

Badikedar is the first rural municipality to treat the COVID patients in the district, said rural municipality Chair Krishna Bahadur Chand. According to Chand, ten beds with oxygen support have been managed at the hospital.

"We have started treating COVID patients from the hospital," said Dr Suraj Shrestha.

Earlier, COVID patients from the local level used to be sent to Kailali's Seti Province Hospital and other private hospitals.

The COVID hospital in the local level has elated us, said a local Prakash Kalel of Bedikedar-1.

Dr Shrestha, however, expressed his concern. "If the number of COVID patients goes up, we might face shortage of oxygen," Shrestha expressed worry.

The hospital has one doctor, one medical officer, one health assistant, one ANM, one CMA and an office assistant.

The local level has recorded 13 COVID cases so far. Of them, twelve are in home isolation while one is being treated at the COVID hospital.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 15, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.