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Telemedicine to the rescue of some migrant workers

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 14 August 2021 - Last week, when the health condition of a Nepali migrant worker in Tokyo deteriorated due to Covid-19, he sought treatment at a nearby hospital.

The 41-year-old man from Tanahun district in Nepal had tested positive nine days before. Doctors at the hospital, however, suggested that he stay in home isolation, as the facility was packed with Covid-19 patients.

He, however, managed to get in touch with Danphe Care, an organisation that runs telemedicine service from Nepal, according to an associate with Danphe.

“When the man contacted us, his health condition appeared to be in a critical state. His oxygen level was low and he was suffering from pneumonia,” Kabin Maleku, programme head at Danphe, told the Post. “With the help of the health committee of the Non-resident Nepali Association in Japan, we managed to arrange for the man’s hospitalisation.”

The patient was immediately taken to the intensive care unit, according to the organisation.

The man in Tokyo was lucky to be able to come in touch with the Non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA) through the NGO that runs telemedicine service.

But not everyone is.



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