One month on, Sindhupalchok’s district-level field hospital adapts to a changed scenario
For a month now, a Norwegian Red Cross field hospital has provided critical medical care for the residents of Sindhupalchok, a mountainous district northeast of Kathmandu that was significantly affected by the devastating earthquakes that rumbled across Nepal on 25 April and 12 May. Though the district’s premier health facility in Chautara was rendered unserviceable by the first quake, local medical staff provided emergency care under tarpaulins for days on end in the dusty field where the camp now stands. Babies were delivered, bones were plastered, and emergency, life-saving health care provided.
Since the Red Cross facility opened on 4 May after being deployed by WHO in coordination with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population, 4 410 patients have been treated. One hundred-and-sixty-five surgeries have been performed and 17 babies delivered. The facility is staffed by Nepali medical professionals that ordinarily work at the district hospital next door, as well as around 30 Norwegian Red Cross staff. With aftershocks decreasing in severity and frequency and emergency needs giving way to more routine care, the hospital is now working much the same as the district facility usually would.