DADHELDHURA, March 15: Authorities in Dadheldhura have set up isolations wards in two different hospitals in the district amid possible threat of COVID-19 outbreak.
The isolation wards have been set up in Dadeldhura Hospital at Amargadhi Municipality-5 and Jogbuda Hospital in Parshuram Municipality-12.
A five-bed isolation ward has been set up in Dadeldhura Hospital, while the Jogbuda Hospital has a three-bed isolation ward. According to Dr Jagadish Chandra Bista, acting medical superintendent at Dadeldhura Hospital, the hospital is capable to increase the bed capacity if necessary.
“We [hospital] can increase the capacity of the isolation ward to more than 10,” he said, adding that several rooms in the hospital can be developed as isolation wards.
Likewise, Jitendra Chaudhary, chief of Jogbuda Hospital, also said that the hospital can expand the capacity of the isolation ward as per the requirement.Meanwhile, two health desks have been set up in Parshuram Municipality, which shares border with India. The health desks have been set up at wards 5 and 6 of the municipality.
According to Bhim Bahadur Saud, mayor of Parshuram Municipality, the health desks have been set up to check the health condition of people entering Nepal from India.
“For now, the health desks will have one official each. The number of officials can be increased as per the requirement,” he added. More than 200 people access the two border points in the region every day.
In the meantime, the local administration has urged the people not to go to crowded places, and greet each others with 'namaste' instead of handshakes.