Victims left to fend for themselvesThirty-three-year-old Man Maya Tamang, mother of a 10-day-old son, was washing her child’s clothes in a separate bathroom in her village at Jamranga VDC ward-3 when the devastating Great Qua
“I don’t know what happened after that, when I opened my eyes I was lying on the hospital bed,” said Tamang, who was undergoing treatment on the fourth floor of Bir Hospital’s Trauma Center on Monday. Nine days past, none of her family members or relatives have come to meet her. “If my husband was still alive, he would have come for my search. I am willing to get back to my village,” said Tamang. The injury on her knee joint prevents her to move her right leg. She also said that her brother in-law’s family stays at Mulpani, but doesn’t have their contact number. “I can’t trace the location of their house, if they know I am here they would have come,” she said.
The only person she knows in the hospital is, Muna Maya Tamang, 11, her relative from the same village. Doctors had kept them together knowing that they were from same village. “When I came out of the toilet, I saw my house being swept away with my mother and grandmother inside. I remember my father had carried me up to an Army helicopter,” said the fourth grader, Muna. She is waiting for her father’s arrival, “I think my father is in town but he may not know in which hospital to find me,” she said.
Like Tamang, Sukamaya BK 56, of Sindhupalchok, was serving fodder to her cattle when the earthquake hit her area. Six members of her family were having a meal together inside the house. “Suddenly the earth cracked up, I fell on it and I don’t know who rescued me. I got a new life but I heard all my family members are dead and my village destroyed. I don’t know anything about my relatives, no one has come to see me,” said BK, who was treating her broken leg at the Trauma Center.
Many people rescued from the major earthquake affected areas including Dhading, Sindhupalchwok, Nuwakot, Gorkha and Ramechap are being treated in various hospitals in the Capital, some uplifted by helicopters and others by ambulance. A hospital sources said that many people are not in the condition to give their names and address, due to the trauma caused by the quake. They have no means to communicate as their relatives themselves are out of contact.
The Post contacted various hospitals in town on Monday and found out that over a dozen similar patients were waiting for their relatives. “We have set up a separate police beat in our hospital and given the name list of those patients who are out of contact with their family members,” said Swoyam Prasad Pandit, the director of Trauma Center.
“We are actively involved in rescue work, and our work is to take patients to a hospital for treatment. It is the hospital’s duty to cooperate with patients and their relatives,” said DIG Kamal Singh Bam.