Govt screening returnees at border to prevent Malaria

Published On: October 28, 2018 03:25 AM NPT By: PUSHPARAJ JOSHI

KAILALI, Oct 28: With Malaria taking toll in Lucknow and Bareli of Uttar Pradesh in India, a health check post has been set up at Gauriphanta border in Dhangadhi to make sure that no migrant worker brings the epidemic to Nepal.

Bhisma Prasad Upadhyay, health assistant at the check post informed Republica that the Nepali migrants working in India have to compulsorily under blood test to find out whether they have malaria or not.

"We have made health check up mandatory in the border to prevent life-threatening Malaria from spreading in our country," said Upadhyay.

As per the officials deployed at the border, they started testing the blood of workers since October 7. "We have examined 252 returnees so far," said Pirago Rana, a health worker deployed at check post, adding, "Fortunately, we have not found a single patient suffering from Malaria so far."

According to her, the patients suffering from Malaria will be provided with free treatment by the health workers.

"This disease is spreading like an epidemic in India and we don't want it here," said Rana. Last year, 300 people suffered from malaria in Kailali. Surprisingly, 205 of them had come from India.

"This statistics shows that 66% of Malaria cases were brought in from outside the country," said Dr Khagendra Bam, chief of Dhangadhi Health Department, adding, "However, this time, we have been more cautious."


Health workers deployed at a check post in Gauriphanta border taking blood tests. Photo: Republica

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