All the nine local levels in Doti, a district in the Far-West Province are on alert following the rising coronavirus cases in neighboring India. The district people who went to India for jobs have started returning home with the increasing infection rate there. It is said presently India is battling a second wave of coronavirus.
Local governments have already resumed the building of quarantine facilities targeting the returnees from India. Health workers have been directed to be mandatorily physically present at assigned workstations. District Health Office Chief Ramesh Malaysia said health/medical workers have been asked not to take leave except for emergency purposes.
The Jorayal rural municipality has set up a health desk at Buda along the Bhimdutta Highway. Local-level chair Durga Dutta Ojha said a health/medical team is available at the desk for 24 hours. Jorayal’s health coordinator Govinda Bista said the health desk established Budar along the Bhimdutta Highway which connects the seven hilly districts in the province is expected to deliver effective services.
Those returning from India have been urged to follow 14-day quarantine rules, the District Administration Office said. A meeting of the district Covid-19 crisis management center ( CCMC) held on March 25 under the chair of Chief District Officer Bhim Prasad Bhattarai decided to act against those returnees from India if they are found not staying in quarantine for 14 days.
The District Administration Office realizing the need of taking further preventive measures against the virus has urged one and all to strictly follow the health safety guidelines so as to mitigate the risk of infections.
The Province Office, Dipayal said that the arrivals of Nepali migrant workers via Far-west Province’s transit points: Gaddachauki and Tri-Nagar of Kanchanpur, Dharchula of Darchula, and Jhulaghat of Baitadi have significantly increased lately. In the past ten days, at least 8,000 Nepali returned home via these transit points.
The Far-West Province Health Directorate Rajpur has written the District Health Office in Baitadi, Darchula, Kailali, and Kanchanpur sharing borders with India to ensure the antigen test of suspects.