By Mahima Devkota, Kathmandu, Aug. 2: 12 out of the 16 people who
succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection in the country from July 17 till the date are found to have not been vaccinated.
Seven persons who died of
COVID-19 were not only unvaccinated but also had comorbidities.
The four who were vaccinated
but still died of COVID-19 were suffering from comorbidities, according to the report
of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).
The MoHP report showed that the majority of people who lost their lives to COVID-19 were suffering from
comorbidities or were unvaccinated.
According to Dr. Sameer Kumar
Adhikari, MoHP joint spokesperson, most people with co-morbidities and the state of
being unvaccinated are dying due to COVID-19. This reinforces the importance of
Dr. Adhikari said, “Of the
recorded 16 deaths, 12 people were vaccinated and only four had complete jabs,
while 12 died of co-morbidities and four without any co-morbidities were not
Saying that people are dying
because of being unvaccinated at one hand and on the other hand, the
anti-COVID-19 vaccine is wasted because of the reluctance of people for getting
their jabs, he urged the people to get vaccinated and follow the health safety
Dr. Prabhat Adhikari, a public
health expert, said that people with long-term illness or chronic illness and unvaccinated people are at risk of not only contacting COVID-19 but also having
severe symptoms, hospitalizations, and even mortality.
Therefore, a full dose
vaccination is advised for all.
He said, “People with
co-morbidities are susceptible because vaccine's effectiveness wanes more
quickly in these groups with weak immunity system.
As per the research titled,
comorbidities and COVID-19 published in, “the BMJ”, one in five people
worldwide are estimated to be at higher risk of adverse COVID-19 outcomes based
on the prevalence of chronic conditions. Compared with people with no
underlying conditions, the risk of death is 1.5 and 3.8 times higher for those
with one comorbidity and over 10 co-morbidities, respectively.
Co-morbidities such as
carcinoma urinary bladder, acute kidney injury with chronic liver diseases,
refractory hypoxemia, surgery for right acoustic neuroma, post tuberculosis,
obstructive sleep apnea with schizophrenia, systematic hypertension,
cardiopulmonary arrest, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and seizure
disorder were reported in people that passed away because of coronavirus
Except for one, all other 15
people were over 50 years, as per the report. Since July 24, death from
COVID-19 has been reported every single day. After a long interval, COVID-19-induced
death was recorded on July 17 in Nepal.
Dr. Sher Bahadur Pun, Chief of
the Clinical Research Unit at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital
in Teku, though death and hospitalizations are not recorded in an alarming
number, denizens must be vigilant in adhering to health safety standards as
well as getting vaccinated.
Elderlies and people with
comorbidities must be extra cautious as research has shown that these groups
are susceptible to coronavirus infection and mortality.
Since July 24, COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in Nepal every single day, two people died on July 24, one on July 25, two on July 26, one on July 27, two on July 28, two on July 29, two on July 30, one on July 31, and one on August 1.