November 24, 2020 03:59 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office has started collecting swab samples for COVID-19 testing by operating mobile vans at every tole (locality) in order to make activities related to preventing, controlling and treatment of the coronavirus infection more effective.
KMC started collecting swab samples of symptomatic patients, people suffering from chronic diseases and senior citizens as the risk of the coronavirus infection has increased in the Kathmandu Valley with the start of the winter season.
KMC’s mobile van has been brought into operation from Monday after Nepal Academy of Science and Technology installed a Positive Air Pressure Maintained Unit in the van.
KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya said that they have started collecting swab samples using a mobile van constructed with the technical support of NAST in order to make activities related to prevent, control and treatment of the coronavirus infection more effective.
KMC would carry out free PCR tests of the people, who meet the criteria set by the government as well as suspicious persons under contract tracing. KMC has requested all to give priority to the helpless, and poor people as well as senior citizens for the same.
Swab samples were collected in Ward 13 of KMC on Monday and it will be collected in other wards from today, according to KMC.