“Currently working in a COVID ICU in a tertiary center in Kathmandu, I have experienced how difficult it is for the health system to manage the patient load. A month ago, ICU beds were fully occupied, ventilator alarms would set off time and again, indicating low flow as the hospitals faced shortages of oxygen supplies, emergency rooms were over-occupied, and patients waited in queues to receive oxygen or just to be checked up by a doctor. At such a desperate time, telemedicine is a noble initiative. I thank my patients who taught me more than just mere medical knowledge and my dedicated fellow volunteer doctors who teamed up in this project to help the nation in these dire times.”
Astha Prasai is a physician in Nepal.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Telemedicine in Nepal during COVID-19.”
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