DHANGADHI, May 6: As the general shutdown continued in the farwestern region for the 10th day on Sunday, the Seti Zonal Hospital has run out of oxygen and saline.
The shortage of oxygen has affected surgeries at the hospital while unavailability of saline-water and other essential medicines have affected treatments especially diarrhea-related cases.
"All oxygen cylinders are empty," said Radha Krishna Chaudhari, an assistant health worker (AHW) at the hospital. "Every day at least 10 patients requiring oxygen arrive at the hospital. Their lives are at risk."
Similarly, around 50 patients suffering from diarrhea come to the hospital every day; but the hospital has no saline-water to treat them.
"My eight-month-old niece is suffering from diarrhea for four days," said Ram Bahadur Chaudhari, a resident of Gadariya VDC-9. "I took to him to the zonal hospital. But I could not get saline water even there."