COVID-19 patients’ relatives have no infection, says MoHP

Published On: March 30, 2020 07:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 30: Ministry of Health and Population has said that family members of all four coronavirus patients do not have an infection of this deadly disease.

According to the ministry, the medical reports of the patients’ family members and relatives so far have turned out to be negative.

A total of 76 samples have been tested at National Public Health Laboratory, Teku on Monday itself.

Speaking at a regular press meet by the ministry today, spokesperson Dr Bikash Devkota informed that 963 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted so far. According to him, NPHL has expanded its capacity and test has begun also in Dharan based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS). 19 samples were tested at BPKIHS on Monday.  Dr Devkota further informed that 6 more tests are underway there today.

Necessary medical equipment has been supplied to Dhangadi, Surkhet, Butwal and Janakpur for samples test, he said.

Spokesperson Devkota also confirmed that 34-year-old Baburam Thapa who died on Sunday at Butwal based temporary hospital set up for treatment of possible coronavirus patients tested negative for COVID-19.

Similarly, sample test of a 36-year-old patient who died at Patan Hospital on Monday is being conducted at NPHL, Teku. Test report of two patients who breathed their last today at Bir Hospital is awaited, according to Dr Devkota.

According to the information received from the Home Ministry, a total of 93 persons have been staying under isolation ward and 217 samples have been collected so far, added Devkota.

All seven provinces have been supplied with 1000 PPE, more than 10,000 face masks and more than 20,000 sets of gloves each. Those medical items were dispatched by air to Dhangadi of Sudur Paschim province, Surkeht of Karnali and Biratnagar of Province 1 while those medical stuffs to contain the deadly virus to other provinces were delivered via land route.

Local levels around the country have updated the data of 41,140 abroad returnees till now, he said.


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