An elderly woman lost her life while searching for an ICU bed at Dimapokhari of Sunapati Rural Municipality-2, Ramechhap, today.

According to District Health Office, Ramechhap, a woman aged 63 breathed her last at Manthali Primary Health Centre due to COV- ID today morning.

The deceased's relative said that the woman died for want of an ICU bed. "We inquired for ICU in Kathmandu as Ramechhap does not have ICU and ventilator facility so far. But, we could not find," complained the relative.

The woman was taken to Kathmandu for treatment after she tested positive for the virus.

But she was taken back to the district as there were no ICU beds available even in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. After her return to the district, she was taken to Manthali Primary Health Centre for treatment.

This is the first death from the COVID in the district so far, said District Health Office, Ramechhap, Chief Jitendra Karna.

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