06 May, 2021 Himalaya Land Treks
Covid-19 cases have started to come out back to back threatening the Everest region. As per the recent update, 17 confirmed cases of the corona has been seen. The cases of infection do not limit only here. As the region don’t have access to PCR diagnostic test or Rapid diagnostic test facility, the exact number of active but unconfirmed cases are unknown. It will be very difficult to manage if the rate of infection goes on a peak in the Everest region. As there is no provision of proper medical facility and transportation facility it won’t be wrong if I say the region will face devastating destruction of life sooner.
Mount Everest, the world’s highest summit comes on the front line in nature but has always been backward in case of proper health facilities. Lack of proper transportation facility has been enlisted as the major factor affecting in improving the health services in this region, Lack of governmental focus is always at the topmost. After more than a year of the first wave of Covid, still, the region has not any access to virus detection facilities.
The cases of infection came out only after the people returned from Everest to Kathmandu and took themselves for sample testing. It can’t be assumed how many active infections are still laying on that far land.
Everest region couldn’t keep itself safe from the ongoing pandemic. The recent cases of 17 people getting corona positive came out from the people flown back from Everest. Contact tracing has not started yet and the responsible department also does not have any idea about how many trekkers left the Everest region and how many are infected. People in the base camp are getting ill. They are showing symptoms other than only cold. Health professionals are assuming the symptoms to be Corona and they are somehow managing to return climbers from higher camp to lower region in the medical camp to make them stay in isolation. There is no specific data of how many climbers who returned from Everest left out the virus there.
Nepal government had issued 394 permits to climb Mount Everest for this climbing season as per the department of tourism. This 394 permit will allow
fifteen thousand plus people on the summit. Here we can assume the flow of infection from a place of departure to the destination. The rate will be unknown until a proper virus detection facility is installed in this region.
It will be very difficult if the infection hits hard the Everest region. Loss in wealth can be earned sooner or later but a loss in life can never be earned. The Nepal mgovernment must show immediate focus in the Everest region and provide at least a facility to detect the virus. Viral testing (PCR or RDT test) before and after proceeding towards the summit will help in minimizing the risk of transferring the virus. Until then, it is a humble request to every residence of the Everest region, every climbers and expedition team, and everyone who are joined in the journey to this region to follow all the safety measures and keep yourself in isolation if any symptoms are seen. Stay safe, stay healthy!