Though the whole country was on lockdown, HRA continued the operation of Manang and Pheriche Aid-post in Annapurna and Everest Region for Spring Season 2020. HRA Manang Aid-post was opened from 14th March 2020 to 2nd May, 2020. Likewise, Pheriche aid-post was opened from 13th March to 8th May, 2020. Though the Government of Nepal halted all the trekking & mountaineering activities in Nepal, HRA continued the operation of Manang & Pheriche Aid-post to provide Medical service to the Local People. HRA – Everest ER was not conducted in this Spring Season 2020 because of decision of Government to cancel all expeditions and trekking in Nepal.
When Manang and Pheriche doctors arrived at the Aid-post, COVID – 19 was seriously spreading all over the world. Government of Nepal also decided to stop trekking and tourism activities in Nepal. Pheriche doctors decided to return home as the international flights were stopping their operation. HRA decided to continue the operation of Pheriche aid-post with the help of our experienced staff Thaneshwar Bhandari and Jeet Thapa Magar. During this season there were not many patients at Pheriche as there were no tourist and most of the hotels were closed at Pheriche.
Manang doctors and our very experienced staff Gobi Bashyal were happy to stay at Manang to continue the mission of HRA to provide medical service to the local people of Manang. Actually it was great that we could continue our service to treat non COVID – 19 patients in this difficult time of COVID – 19 pandemic. Local people of Manang expressed their sincere thanks to HRA team for staying in Manang in this difficult times to provide medical service to the local people. Gobi said that a team including Chief, District Administration Officer of Manang, Chief of District Armed Police. Chief of Manang District Health Office, Chairman of Manang Rural Municipality and other distinguished personality visited HRA Manang Aid-post and thanked the doctors and staff for the great service that HRA is providing during this difficult times of COVID – 19 Pandemic.
Doctors volunteered at Manang aid-post:
1. Dr. Sambridhi Adhikari, Australia
2. Dr. Joshua Paul Clutter, USA
3. Mr. Gobinda Bashyal, HRA Staff
4. Mr. Kipa Sherpa,Cook
Doctors volunteered at Pheriche aid-post:
1. Dr. Rebecca Lynn Higbee, USA
2. Dr. Katarzyna Anna Ibrahim, Australia
3. Dr. Brain Mitchell Strictland, USA
4. Mr. Thaneshwar Bhandari, HRA Staff
5. Mr. Jit Bahadur Thapa Magar, Cook
Given below are the brief statistics of Medical Services provided from the Aid-posts and EBC Medical Clinic during Spring season -2019:
|4||Severely Ill Patient||–||–|
|5||AMS Talk Attendees||69||–|
|6||House Call (Home visit)||2|
Both Aid-posts (Manang and Pheriche) will remain closed till the end of August and will start from 3rd week of September for the Fall 2020. HRA-Everest ER will be conducted next Spring Season 2021.