Nepal | June 03, 2020

Janakpur Provincial Hospital declines to treat woman suffering from high fever

Brij KumarYadav
Share Now:

Janakpurdham, March 27

Janakpur Provincial Hospital in Province 2 refused to treat a poor Dalit woman, who had high fever. Marani Devi Sada, 45, of Mulabari in Dhanushadham Municipality, struggled for medical care after the hospital refused to treat her on friday.

Sada was admitted to Godawari Modern Hospital this morning. She was suffering from high fever (103.4 degree Fahrenheit). Godawari Modern Hospital then referred Sada to Janakpur Provincial Hospital, suspecting she had contracted the novel coronavirus.

Sada, a chronic patient of heart ailment, was asked to be placed in quarantine as soon as the provincial hospital authorities went through the referral paper issued by Godawari Hospital. Sada’s temperature was also not taken in the hospital and no doctor attended to her. Sada’s daughter, Kari, said nobody paid any attention to her mother in the provincial hospital after they went through Sada’s referral paper.

After that Kari searched for an ambulance to take her mother to a quarantine site set up at Mithila Ayurved Medical College in Ganguli of Nagarain Municipality, some seven kilometres away from Janakpurdham, but none were to be found. An ambulance belonging to Nepal Red Cross Society refused to ferry Sada to the quarantine centre.

Janakpur Provincial Hospital Chief Nagendra Prasad Yadav said they had advised to keep Sada in quarantine as health workers did not have personal protective equipment to attend to her. “The provincial hospital does not have ICU to treat COVID-19 patients and doctors do not have PPE,” Yadav said.

DSP Rameswor Karki of Dhanusha said Sada was kept in quarantine in Nagarain Municipality.

Police had managed an ambulance to ferry her to the quarantine centre. Though Mithila Ayurved Medical College has 50 rooms, only 20 beds have been prepared for quarantine purpose. Health workers of the municipality are keeping watch over suspected persons placed in quarantine here.

According to Yadav, swab sample of Sada has been collected and will be sent to Kathmandu for test. If she tests positive, Sada will have to be taken to Kathmandu for coronavirus treatment.

Province 2 has quarantine centres in 55 places with 872 beds. A total of 165 people have been kept in quarantine at various places right now, said Senior Health Administrator Bijay Jha of the provincial hospital. He added that hospitals were facing acute shortage of PPE for doctors and health workers.

A version of this article appears in print on March 28, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:


Brazil sets another record for daily coronavirus deaths

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil registered another record number of novel coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday evening, as the pandemic in Latin America's largest country shows no signs of slowing down. The nation registered 28,936 additional cases of the nove Read More...

High-level panel to decide on easing lockdown by tomorrow

KATHMANDU, JUNE 2 The High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 formed under Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence Ishwar Pokharel will decide in a day or two whether or not to ease the lockdown. Member Secretary of the committee Narayan Prasad Bi Read More...

FIFA adds voice to protests over Floyd's death

BERN: World soccer's governing body FIFA has joined sports leagues, teams and players around the globe to express solidarity amid outrage over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States. The National Football League, National Hockey League an Read More...

Nepal's ruling party stresses dialogue with India to resolve territorial dispute 

Kathmandu, June 2  Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Narayan Kaji Shrestha urged India to sit for dialogue with Nepal to resolve Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani issues. He welcomed Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's remark about resolving border disputes with Nepal through dia Read More...

Nepali Congress registers statute amendment bill 

Kathmandu, June 2 The main opposition Nepali Congress today registered a private constitution amendment bill at the Parliament Secretariat seeking to change the constitution's provisions related to citizenship, language, provincial boundaries and formation of a boundary commission. Eight Nepal Read More...

Dhangadi  quarantine

Quarantines in Sudurpaschim bursting at seams 

Dhangadhi, June 2  With the increasing number of returnees from India, the quarantine facilities in Sudupaschim Province are almost packed. The number of migrant workers returning home from India is increasing every day. According to Kailali District Administration Office, around 5,000 Read More...

Nine businessmen held for gambling, remanded to custody 

Kathmandu, June 2 Nine businessmen, some of whom are ‘well-known faces’ in the business fraternity, were sent to five-day police custody after being arrested from a gambling den last night. Deputy Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar KC, also the spokesperson for Metropolitan Police Range,  Read More...

PCR tests of all quarantined persons fraught with problems 

Kathmandu, June 2  The Ministry of Health and Population said that implementing the Supreme Court’s order to conduct tests for coronavirus on all quarantined persons across the country using polymerase chain reaction method was a daunting task. Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued an order Read More...