A banner put up by the locals protesting a government plan to set up a coronavirus quarantine facility at the Training Center of the Nepal Electricity Authority in Kharipati, Bhaktapur, pictured on Wednesday. The government is planning to bring around 200 Nepali students from Wuhan, China and place them in isolation for two weeks at four quarantine facilities in the Valley. Photo: Krishna Kisi/Republica
SINDHUPALCHOWK, Feb 13: Even though Jugal Rural Municipality of Sindhupalchowk wrote to the Ministry of Health about some suspected cases of novel coronavirus-like disease in Gumba village on Tuesday, the district health authorities on Wednesday, however, said that there is no need to panic since no such cases have been reported so far in that particular village.
Chief of the District Health Office, Sindhupalchowk, Durgadutta Chapagain, said that no case of coronavirus has been reported yet in the Jugal Rural Municipality.
“I have been following the condition of patients since yesterday. There is no symptom of coronavirus-like disease in the village. Therefore, there is no need to panic,” he said.
Chairperson of the rural municipality Hom Narayan Shrestha said that around 150 people are currently suffering from common cold and viral fever.
“At least ten patients have already returned to their homes after undergoing treatment. One person is now receiving treatment in critical condition,” he said.
Earlier, the rural municipality office had written to the Ministry of Health that some local residents were suffering from coronavirus-like disease for the past three days. The rural municipality office had urged the ministry to send doctors to contain the disease.
Chairperson Shrestha informed that a team of local health workers from Jalbire Health Post have reached the rural municipality with medicines, face masks and gloves.
Some local health workers have already been mobilized amid suspicion of coronavirus-like disease in the rural municipality.
“Some patients have already been cured after viral fever outbreak,” Chapagain added.