SINDHUPALCHOWK, Feb 12: Even as Sindhupalchowk's Jugal rural municipality wrote to the Ministry of Health about some suspected cases of novel coronavirus-like disease in Gumba village yesterday, the district health authorities on Wednesday, however, said that there is no need to panic since no such cases have been reported so far in the village.
Chief of District Health Office Sindhupalchowk Durgadutta Chapagain said that no case of coronavirus has been reported yet in the Jugal rural municipality.
"I have been following the condition of patients since yesterday. There is no symptom of the coronavirus-virus like disease in the village. Therefore, there is no need to panic," he said.
Chairperson of the rural municipality Hom Narayan Shrestha said that around 150 people are currently suffering from common cold and viral fever. "At least ten patients have already returned to their homes after undergoing treatment. One person is now receiving treatment in critical condition," he said.
Earlier, the rural municipality office had written to the Ministry of Health that some local residents were suffering from the coronavirus-like disease for the past three days. The rural municipality office had urged the ministry to send doctors to contain the disease.
Chairperson Shrestha informed that a team of local health workers from Jalbire Health Post have reached the rural municipality with medicines, face masks and gloves.
Some local health workers have already been mobilized amid suspicion of coronavirus-like disease in the rural municipality.
"Some patients have already been cured after viral fever outbreak," Chapagain added.
Chapagain also said that Kathmandu-based Epidemiology and Disease Control Division is sending a team of doctors to the rural municipality soon.