Covid-19 Emergency Response
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown caused by it stopped people from working and engaging in economic activities. This created unemployment as well as forced businesses to either downsize or shut its doors. This affected everyone but the main victims were the poor people as they don’t have savings to use. Assessing the situations around us, we decided the best thing to do is to help by providing relief supplies.
In Kathmandu we helped about 850 poor families by providing the relief supplies. Each of these families has about 2 to 6 members. And, in Gorkha, we distributed relief in remote villages and poorest people of Dharche and Arughtat Rural Municipality.
The distributed relief food supplies contained the following: rice, cooking oil, salt, lentils and soap.
It was both financially and logistically difficult for local governments of the rural areas to manage medical supplies needed to fight Covid-19 and prevent & contain the spread of the virus. Gorkha, the project area of Sambhav Nepal, was one such district which was having a hard time to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. So, we decided to purchase and transfer the necessary medical supplies to all the local governments of Gorkha to make it easier for them. After we gave the medical equipment, they distributed to villages and health posts accordingly.
All 2 municipalities and 9 rural municipalities of Gorkha where we provided the medical supplies are:
- Gorkha Municipality
- Palungtar Municipality
- Sulikot Rural Municipality
- Siranchowk Rural Municipality
- Ajirkot Rural Municipality
- Tsum Nubri Rural Municipality
- Dharche Rural Municipality
- Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality
- Sahid Lakhan Rural Municipality
- Aarughat Rural Municipality
- Gandaki Rural Municipality
We distributed the following to the local governments of Gorkha:
- 200 hand sanitizer bottles
- 40 thermal guns
- 50,000 surgical masks
- 6,800 viral transport mediums (VTMs)
The importance and uses of the medical supplies are described here. Hand sanitizers are used to clean the hands and kill any viruses. Hands are the most active body parts that touch a large number of things and surfaces and they need to be cleaned regularly. Hand sanitizers were mostly used in health posts. Thermal guns are useful to measure the body temperature because fever is one of the common symptoms of Covid-19. They were used in health posts, local government offices and village entry & exit points. Masks are the most important and accessible shield against viruses and stop them from entering our body through mouth and nose. They were distributed to local villagers, journalists, government workers and health professionals by local governments. And, VTMs are portable storage tubes which are used to hold swabs collected from the suspected patients and transport them to the PCR labs to test whether the patients are infected or not. They were used in swab-collection centers.
Medical Supplies Distribution
Relief Food Supplies Distribution