KATHMANDU, March 9: Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) has formed a facilitation committee coordinated by its vice-chair Deepak Kumar Malhotra to allay potential risks resulting from Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Among others in the committee are Mrigendra Mohar Shrestha, Nawaraj Dhakal, Deepak Shrestha, Deepak Kunwar, Devendra Bhakta Shrestha, Surendra Sharada, Sanjaya Agrawal, Tribhuvandhar Tuladhar, Raju Shrestha, Arjun Sharma, Jyoti Prakash Pandey, and Ananda Kumar Agrawal.
The NCC has handed over aid materials including thermometer gun, surgical masks, Prime Kit Premium Set, spirit and full gown to support governments' efforts for mitigating potential corona risks. At a program organized here on Sunday, NCC handed the assistance materials to the Tribhuvan Airport Aviation Office, International and Domestic Terminal and Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Prevention Hospital Teku.
NCC chair Rajesh Kaji Shrestha said through coronavirus has not supposedly broken out in Nepal it requires full-fledged public awareness to ward off risks stemming from the virus. He also shared that the organization would help ensure a smooth supply of essential medicines, masks, and sanitizers. Director-General of the Department of Health Service Dr. Mahendraman Shrestha stressed the need to put tough cautionary measures to not allow the corona to cause loss of human lives.
He called for the general public to frequently wash their hands with soap and water and wear surgical masks as well as consult health facilities if any disruption occurred on respiratory systems. Director of Tribhuvan Airport Aviation Office Gaucharan Devendra Lal Karna informed that arrangement was made at the airport to carry out health screening, keep corona suspects in isolation and undertake health examination of passengers after exit from the airport premises.
Chair of NCC's Social and Health Committee Mrigendra Mahar Shrestha said there was no shortage of essential medicines in the market.
"No medicinal shortage has been surfaced in the market of Nepal as of now and it is not likely to happen. So, there is no need to get worried about drugs".