In this incredible video, oxygen tanks are carried through the Himalayas for COVID patients.
A TikTok movie shows the extreme extent to which medical practitioners in rural Nepal are willing to go in the face of COVID-19 and oxygen and vaccination shortages.
Four men may be seen in the video lugging oxygen tanks across a Himalayan waterfall. The video has received over 700,000 views in six days, and the comments section has been swamped with admiration for the men.
Usha Mahato, the nurse who posted the video, is on pandemic duty in Manang, a small district in South Asia with a population of only 6,000 people. The men in the video were laborers working on a road, according to Mahato: “I barely knew them but asked them to assist me carry those cylinders across the waterfall.” They assisted me without saying anything. I truly admire their selflessness.”
COVID-19 supplies take 14 hours to transport from the nearest government hospital, according to Vice. The tanks must be transported from a neighboring area because Manang’s roads are regarded some of the world’s most treacherous routes and are currently inundated.
“These roads are motorable, but there is no vehicle transit right now owing to floods,” she told Vice. The cylinders seen in the film were for her village’s 12 COVID patients.
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Nepal has been struggling with a second wave of coronavirus, but the capital Kathmandu is beginning to recover. In rural villages, however, with little health care infrastructure in place, the virus is still causing huge problems.
More than 4,000 people in Nepal died with COVID in May, reported the BBC. This is almost half the country’s total pandemic death toll of 8,238, according to Johns Hopkins University. Just over 600,000 cases have been recorded.
Nepal is also facing vaccine shortages, forcing the government to request help from other nations. Its vaccine rollout was previously stalled, but resumed on Tuesday after China gave 1 million doses to the Himalayan nation.
The country has also faced oxygen shortages, made worse by the difficulties in transporting the supplies to isolated and mountainous districts.
Mahato told Vice that her video showed hope and added: “People like these are what. This is a brief summary.