Air Medical Evacuation of Nepalese Citizen During Epidemic of COVID-19 from Wuhan to Nepal

  • Bibek Rajbhandari Department of Emergency and General Practice, Nepal Police Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Naveen Phuyal Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Bikal Shrestha Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Moon Thapa Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Keywords: evacuation; Nepal; Novel Corona virus; Wuhan.

Abstract

In December 2019, the world was disrupted by the news of a new strain of virus known as Novel Corona virus, taking lives of many in China. Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province is said to be the place where the outbreak started. The city went on a lockdown as the disease spread rapidly. After the lockdown, most countries like India and Bangladesh airlifted their citizens who were studying in Wuhan. Similarly, Nepal also has many youth studying medicine in Wuhan. Pleas for help from the students reached the government. This was a first encounter of such experience for Nepal government. With the help of Health Emergency Organizing committee, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Nepal Army Hospital, Nepal Police Hospital, Waste Management team, Nepal Ambulance service, Tribhuwan Airport and Royal Airlines the government of Nepal planned, organized and successfully brought back all the 175 students on 15 the February, 2019 from Wuhan, China. The aim of the present article is to share the experience, the challenges faced and recommendations for future similar cases.

 

Published
2020-02-29
How to Cite
Rajbhandari, B., Phuyal, N., Shrestha, B., & Thapa, M. (2020). Air Medical Evacuation of Nepalese Citizen During Epidemic of COVID-19 from Wuhan to Nepal. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 58(222). https://doi.org/10.31729/jnma.4857
Section
Short Communication