KATHMANDU, June 15: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has asked the government to stop the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) to check if a person is infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
A committee led by the party's Joint General Secretary Prakash Sharma Mahat has also asked the government to make it mandatory to conduct PCR tests of all those going home after staying in a quarantine facility.
Addressing a press conference organized at the party's headquarters in Sanepa on Monday, Joint General Secretary Mahat said the government had failed to utilize the opportunity it had received after imposing the nationwide lockdown on March 24.
The Mahat-led committee also said that the government's failure to act strongly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic had increased the possibility of the further spread of this virus and severely affected the general public’s access to health facilities.
The committee said that the government had failed to bring any relief measures to help ease the life of the ordinary people, who are forced to undergo insurmountable hardships as a result of the 83-day long nationwide lockdown.
While stating that the government's inefficiency to handle COVID-19 response and indifferences shown toward the problem of ordinary people had forced youths to take to the streets, the Mahat-led committee has also urged the government not to use excessive force to contain the peaceful protests of the youths.