Air medical evacuation of nepalese citizen during epidemic of COVID-19 from Wuhan to Nepal

Rajbhandari B.,
Phuyal N.,
Shrestha B.,
Thapa M.
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Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
Nepal Medical Association


In December 2019, the world was disrupted by the news of a new strain of virus known as Novel Corona virus, taking lives of many in China. Wuhan, the capital of Central Chinaムs Hubei province is said to be the place where the outbreak started. The city went on lockdown as the disease spread rapidly. After the lockdown, most countries like India and Bangladesh airlifted their citizens who were studying in Wuhan. Similarly, Nepal also has many youth studying medicine in Wuhan. Pleas for help from the students reached the government. This was the first encounter of such experience for Nepal government. With the help of Ministry of Health, Ministry of foreign affair, Health Emergency Organizing committee, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Nepal Army Hospital, Nepal Police Hospital, Waste Management team, Nepal Ambulance service, Tribhuwan international Airport Authorities and Royal Airlines the government of Nepal planned, organized and successfully brought back all the 175 students on 15 th February 2019 from Wuhan, China. The present article aims to share the experience, the challenges faced and recommendations for future similar cases. ᄅ The Author(s) 2018.

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air medical transport; Article; China; coronavirus disease 2019; Coronavirus infection; epidemic; health care planning; health care utilization; human; international cooperation; interpersonal communication; medical information; Nepal; Nepalese; patient care; standardization; symptomatology; waste management; weather; aircraft; Betacoronavirus; Coronavirus infection; epidemic; medical student; pandemic; traffic and transport; travel; virus pneumonia; Aircraft; Betacoronavirus; China; Coronavirus Infections; Epidemics; Nepal; Pandemics; Pneumonia, Viral; Students, Medical; Transportation; Travel