HEALTH CLUSTER BULLETIN # 8 A mobile health clinic in Bhumlichok VDC, Gorkha.
6 August 2015
Nepal Earthquake 2015 Reporting period (3 July – 3 August 2015) 5.6 MLLION AFFECTED
Slightly more than one hundred days into the response, 99% of the destroyed and damaged health facilities have resumed services across all affected districts; however, some services remain interrupted due to landslides and road blockage with the beginning of monsoon. Rehabilitation of people with orthopedic and spinal injuries resulting from the earthquakes continues, with step-down facilities and referral pathways in place across the country.
One of the eight stool sample collected from ward number 13 and 14 (Balkhu, Kalimati, Kuleshwor, Soltimode) of Kathmandu tested positive for vibrio cholera.
Ensuring uninterrupted access to essential and lifesaving health care for all pregnant women, mothers, new-born and children remains a priority.
National Tuberculosis Centre concluded a post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) in 11 of the 14 affected districts for TB programme, which will provide a coordinated and credible basis for recovery and reconstruction activities.
During the reporting period, 12 Foreign Medical Teams (FMTs) continue to support existing health services, while medical camp kits have been replacing damaged and unserviceable primary health centres throughout the most affected districts.
227 HEALTH CLUSTER PARTNERS 3,035 HEALTH CLUSTER ACTIVITIES MEDICINES & SUPPLIES TONNES OF MEDICINE >42 DISTRIBUTED TONNES OF MEDICINE IN IN>32 COUNTRY STORAGE PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITIES 446 FULLY DAMAGED 765 PARTIALLY DAMAGED HEALTH ACTION 103,686 CASES TREATED 31,707 ADMISSIONS EWARN 32 - 40 SENTINEL SITES FUNDING $US 45.8
Situation Update August 2, 2015 marked 100 days since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than eight thousand people and injuring almost three times as many. It was one of the deadliest disasters in the history of Nepal after 82 years of 1934 earthquake. The devastating April earthquake and repeated and stronger aftershocks resulted in substantial damages to infrastructure and led to immediate health consequences to population, particularly residing in the worst affected 14 districts. A total of 446 public health facilities were completely destroyed while a total of 765 health facility or administrative structures are partially damaged. Eighteen health workers and volunteers lost their lives and 75 got injured adding further challenges in the delivery of health services. Since the day one of the earthquake, Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) together with the health cluster partners continued tirelessly to respond to the health needs of the affected people, initially with the dedicated focus for the management of trauma cases followed, after one month, by early recovery and rehabilitation priorities, ensuring the continuity of follow up and rehabilitation care to the injured ones in the worst affected districts. Health Cluster, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), is working alongside the MoHP to support in re-establishing health services, particularly in the remote areas of the districts where most of the primary health care centres and the health posts were either damaged or totally destroyed. As of 5 August 2015, twenty nine of the 50 Medical Camp Kits (MCKs) have been established as an immediate step to resume primary health care services before the permanent structures are rebuilt. Nepal Government Policy and Programme for the fiscal year 2015-16 (2072-73 BS) presented by the President at the meeting of the Constituent Ass