KATHMANDU, March 23: Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal today said the government would rescue and provide free treatment to COVID-19 infected people.
"Any infected person will be rescued through airway or land and treated," he said at a press conference the Ministry called over coronavirus crisis.
He also urged the adoption of additional caution following the confirmation of an infection case today.
A 19-year-old woman who arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday from France through Qatar transit has been tested positive for the infection, said the Ministry's Spokesperson Dr. Bikash Devkota.
The infected woman is receiving treatment at Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku. Stating that earlier a Nepali person was also tested positive for the virus and has been cured after 10 day's treatment, he pledged that the infected woman would also be provided proper treatment and cured.
He also said those who have come in contact with her would be quarantined and provided treatment. "Family of the infected woman has been quarantined. A search has been launched for her friends, who reached Kathmandu along with her. All of them would be quarantined," he said. Appraising about the government's decision to seal all the border points with India and China since Monday, he shared that the Nepalis entering into Nepal from these two countries were advised to stay under self-quarantine at their own houses.
Although the decision was made not to allow entry to passengers coming to Nepal from 55 countries hardest hit by COVID-19, those entering Nepal as an exception case were sent for home quarantine.
According to him, the quarantine at Kharipati in Bhaktapur will house those entering Nepal through airways and having no preparation for home quarantine.
The government has also arranged quarantine facilities in various places for those arriving in Nepal and suspected of contracting COVID-19.