DOTI, March 27: All nine local governments in Doti, a district in the Sudur Paschim (Far-West) Province are on alert following the rising coronavirus cases in neighbouring India. The people who went to India for jobs have started returning home with the increasing infections rate there. It is said presently India is battling a second wave of the coronavirus.
The local governments have already resumed building quarantine facilities targeting the returnees from India. Health workers have been directed to be mandatorily physically present at assigned work stations. District Health Office Chief Ramesh Malasi said health/medical workers have been asked not to take leave except for emergency purposes.
The Jorayal Rural Municipality has set up a health desk at Buda along the Bhimdutta Highway. The chairman of the local unit, Durga Dutta Ojha said a health/medical team is available at the desk for 24 hours. Jorayal’s health coordinator Govinda Bista said the health desk established at Budar along the Bhimdutta Highway which connects the seven hilly districts in the province is expected to deliver effective services.
Those returning from India have been urged to follow 14-day quarantine rules, the District Administration Office said. A meeting of the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) held on March 25 under the chairmanship of Chief District Officer Bhim Prasad Bhattarai decided to take action against the returnees from India if they are found not staying in quarantine for 14 days.
The District Administration Office realizing the need for taking further preventive measures against the virus has urged one and all to strictly follow the health safety guidelines so as to mitigate the risk of infections.
The Province Office, Dipayal said that the arrival of Nepali migrant workers via Far-west Province’s transit points - Gaddachauki and Tri-nagar of Kanchanpur, Dharchula of Darchula and Jhulaghat of Baitadi - has significantly increased lately. In the past 10 days, at least 8,000 Nepalis returned home via these transit points.
The Far-West Province Health Directorate, Rajpur, has written to the district public health offices in Baitadi, Darchula, Kailali and Kanchanpur sharing borders with India to ensure the antigen test of suspects.