Nepal is untouched by coronavirus so far, say govt authorities

Published On: January 23, 2020 06:35 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Government authorities on Thursday said that Nepal has not been affected by coronavirus yet. However, they said that precautionary measures have already been in place. 

The coronavirus had emerged from a seafood and livestock market in China's Wuhan in December and spread across China and into the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

Amid reports, Ministry of Health and Population in Kathmandu organized an interaction program regarding steps that Nepal needs to adopt if the country is hit by the coronavirus in the coming days.

During the program, Director of the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital (STIDH) Dr. Bashudev Pandey informed that the government has already set up a health desk at TIA for the same.

"We are on high alert right now. We are planning to rush a special ambulance if someone is found suspected with coronavirus," said Dr. Pandey.

The STIDH has been on high alert and has maintained a continuous vigil, hospital authorities said here.

According to Dr. Pandey, those who are suffered from coronavirus can undergo treatment at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Hospital, Nepal Police Hospital, Patan Hospital, Teaching Hospital.


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