BIRGUNJ, March 24: High alertness has been adopted at the border transit points in eight districts of Province 2 with a surge again in the number of coronavirus infection cases in India.
The Armed Police Force (APF) Chhinnamasta Brigade Headquarters, Mahottari, Province 2, has stated that high alertness along with stringent checking has been adopted at the transit points. Province 2 shares 464 kilometres long border with India from Saptari district in the east to Parsa district in the west.
There are 67 border outposts (BOPs) and 35 forward operating bases (FOBs) of the Armed Police Force along the border. The APF personnel assigned at these outposts have been directed to conduct strict checking of people entering Nepal from India via these transit points.
Deputy Inspector General of APF, Chandra Prakash Gautam said that they have instructed the border outposts to set up health desks at the transit points, establishing coordination with COVID Crisis Management Committee and the local governments in all the eight districts. He added that the APF units in the border areas have been directed to set up FOBs in all the eight districts as required.
Meanwhile, the COVID Crisis management Committee, Parsa, has decided to set up health desks, adopt strict checking at the border, keeping the APF and Nepal Police in ready position for containing the disease and mobilizing army at the major border transit points, with the detection of COVID-19 cases in the district for the last some days.
The meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee chaired by Chief District Officer and Committee coordinator, Ashman Tamang, also decided to manage beds at the Narayani Hospital, Bagahi health post, Pokhariya Hospital and Bhikhampur health post for treatment of COVID-19 patients, in view of the possibility of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the district.
Similarly, the committee has urged one and all not to gather in more than 25 persons while celebrating the Holi festival keeping in mind the risk of spread of the coronavirus infection.