Hundreds of people injured in Tuesday’s earthquake flooded the hospitals in Kathmandu Valley that were already overwhelmed by the people injured in the April 25 earthquake.
At the Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), many patients were treated on the floor due to lack of beds. As of late evening, the hospital had received around 150 cases of limb and spinal injuries.
Bimochan Rai, 19, of Samakhusi had broken his right leg and suffered possible spine injuries after jumping off a four-storey building during the earthquake.
“I didn’t know what to do. I was so afraid and without a second thought, I leaped off the window,” said Rai, who was being treated in the lobby. Samjhana Tamang, 18, of Chandol was admitted to TUTH with a dislocated knee which she suffered after slipping from the stairs as she was trying to rush outdoors.
Tamang needs to undergo operation immediately. But there are already many patients like Tamang who need operative care.
The National Trauma Centre had received more than 50 patients by 8pm. “Most of the patients have minor injuries, but they are really scared,” said Dr Swoyam Pandit.
The Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital in Jorpati also received around 70 injured patients. The hospital administration said that they did not receive any serious trauma cases, unlike in the earthquake on April 25.
In Patan Hospital, 65 patients have been treated among which two are seriously injured. Dr Nabish Pradhan, head of orthopaedics, said this time people with minor injuries have come to the hospital.
Almost all the hospitals had evacuated their buildings after the earthquake.
Fresh quake fuels fear among patients, caretakers
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Sunita Danuwar was weeping outside Patan Hospital with her sister’s newborn baby on her lap after Tuesday’s earthquake. The mother of the child, who was supposed to be discharged from the hospital sometime during the evening, was sleeping on the lawn beside them. The quake of 6.9 magnitude had shocked the new mother.
“My sister nearly fainted, she is too weak to handle the stress. We were supposed to celebrate the name-giving ceremony of the child tomorrow, but look what has happened,” said Danuwar, currently a resident in Imadol.
Owing to the trauma inflicted by the quake, her sister has been rendered speechless and was lying on the floor, helpless, like so many other pregnant women and recent mothers admitted in the hospital. After the earthquake hit, over
200 patients, along with doctors on duty, had gathered out in open space. Those who could not walk were transported to the ground floor on wheelchairs.
Hospital staff and doctors were busy setting up tents.
One of them was using loudspeakers to control the crowd. Except for the ground floor, all other floors in the hospital were evacuated.
Hospital Director Dr Pawan Sharma said 70 patients from Lubu, Godavari, Chapagaun and other areas were admitted in the emergency ward after the quake. The hospital is already overwhelmed with patients who were admitted after the April 25 earthquake, Dr Sharma said.
“Although the buildings are safe, we are afraid to work inside. We will fix a large tent to treat the patients,” Dr Sharma said.