Dr Ritesh Thapaliya, a District Health Office medical officer who helped deliver a newborn in an open field in the midnight hours following the first quake, says that Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Illness Training provided by WHO has given him the knowledge and confidence to provide ongoing care for his district’s new arrivals and their mothers.
As the rainy season draws close in Nepal, the realignment of pre-existing World Health Organization and Ministry of Health and Population health surveillance and reporting mechanisms provides the best opportunity to guard against possible disease outbreaks. At the same time, local communities are empowered, and Nepal’s health system made more resilient.
Emergency preparedness pays off as Kathmandu hospitals respond to earthquakes
Because of the training before the earthquake, when large number of injured patients began to arrive, the emergency responders could quickly prioritize the injuries and save lives.
Though the devastation caused by the earthquakes is enormous, the strength of the retrofitted health facilities and the quick response of the health workers show that investment in preparedness pays off.
After today’s 7.3 Richter scale earthquake rumbled across Nepal’s north-eastern districts, Sudarshan Dhakal, who sustained a broken leg and had his house flattened as a result of the 25 April earthquake, insisted his bed be shifted outside the building, preferring to lie in the mid-afternoon sun than risk staying indoors.
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