DAMAULI, March 16: The GP Koirala National Respiratory Treatment Centre at Shuklagandaki municipality-5, Belchautari in Tanahun has set up an isolation ward for the treatment of coronavirus suspects.
The construction of a 20-bed isolation ward at the hospital has almost come to a final stage, informed Centre's Executive Director, Dr. Ram Kumar Shrestha.
"The ward is being constructed at a room within the hospital building", he shared, adding, "All necessary works would be completed within a couple of days".
Director Dr. Shrestha further said the arrangement would be made in the ward to treat corona suspect patients and collect and send throat swab and blood samples of the suspects to the center for test".
In keeping with the spread of coronavirus pandemic across the globe of late, the setup of isolation ward is gaining ground at the local level as part of preparedness. The Gandaki state government has established isolation wards in five hospitals including GP Koirala treatment center.
The other four hospitals in Pokhara have 70-bed isolation wards. Charak Hospital has set up an isolation ward with 30 beds, Manipal Teaching Hospital and Gandaki Medical College with 15 beds each, and Pokhara Institute for Health Science 10.
Health help desk set up A health help desk was set up at Anbukhaireni rural municipality-4, Puljeep – the main checkpoint of Gandaki State – on Sunday for COVID-19 screening. The help desk would sensitize the public against coronavirus pandemic and also demonstrate the proper method of handwashing with soap and water, shared rural municipality chair Gir Bahadur Thapa.
Two health workers have been assigned to the help desk. "Daily hundreds of people enter the Gandaki State via Prithvi Highway. The health desk would be mobilized to keep people sensitized and informed of the safety measures to ward off coronavirus threats", he added.