Amid increasing problems for COVID patients triggered by shortage of oxygen, a non-government organisation - Bone Heart Worldwide - helped Dhading Hospital with 10 oxygen cylinders yesterday.

The organisation's representatives Surya Bhatta and Pratikshya Rai handed over the oxygen cylinders to the hospital management committee Chairman Mahendra Dhamala and medical superintendent Dr Tribhuvan Chandra Jha yesterday.

Earlier, Crusher Industry, Dhading, had provided 47 oxygen cylinders to the hospital.

Information Officer of the hospital Bikram Bishwokarma said that the hospital now had 161 oxygen cylinders.

He said that of them, 13 cylinders were dysfunctional. Bishwokarma informed that twelve oxygen concentrators have been installed and brought into operation in the hospital.

The COVID hospital with 50 beds is operated in Dhandingbeshi. Thirty coronavirus patients are being treated in the hospital. The oxygen cylinders are being used in the COVID hospital and district hospital.

Dhading Hospital has expanded its testing system to prevent possible spread of the virus in the district.

Medical Superintendent Jha said that the hospital had also started antigen tests from yesterday.

Meanwhile, As per the plan of the Bagmati Province Government for installing oxygen plant in seven hospitals, the Health Supply Management Centre, Hetauda, of the Social Development Ministry called a tender yesterday and informed that the seven hospitals, including Dhading Hospital, would install the oxygen plants.

Bagmati Province Social Development State Minister Ram Kumar Adhikari said that oxygen plants would be installed in the hospitals soon. He said that tender was called to install oxygen plants in Dhading Hospital, Ramechhap Hospital, Tokha Hospital, Lalitpur Hospital, Ratnanagar Hospital of Chitwan, District Hospital in Kavre, and District Hospital in Sindhupalchowk.

Adhikari added that the oxygen plants would be installed within one-and-a-half months in all these hospitals.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.