Government to provide treatment to infected people: Minister Dhakal

23, Mar 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

The government would rescue and provide free treatment to COVID-19 infected people

Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal today said that the government would rescue and provide free treatment to COVID-19 infected people. "Any infected person will be rescued through the airways or land and will be treated," he said at a press conference. He also urged to adopt additional caution following the COVID-19 positive case today. The 19 years old infected woman is receiving treatment at Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku. 

"Those who have come in contact with her would be quarantined and provided treatment. Her family has also been quarantined. A search has been launched for her friends, who reached Kathmandu along with her. All of them would be quarantined.", he said.

Appraising about the government's decision to seal all the border points with India and China since Monday, Dhakal shared that the Nepalese entering Nepal from these two countries were advised to stay under self-quarantine at their own houses. Although the decision was made not to allow entry to passengers coming to Nepal from 55 countries hardest hit by COVID-19, those entering Nepal as an exception case were sent for home quarantine.

According to him, the quarantine at Kharipati in Bhaktapur will house those entering Nepal through airways and having no preparation for home quarantine. The government has also arranged quarantine facilities in various places for those arriving in Nepal and suspected of contracting COVID-19. He informed that the modern and well-equipped lab like in Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital at Teku, Kathmandu will be built in all seven provinces.

As the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the Minister urged the mass media not to disseminate the news that would weaken the morale of people to fight against COVID-19.

According to him, efforts were being coordinated with the foreign diplomatic missions to procure medicines and equipment related to COVID-19. The government had readied aircraft to bring those medicines and equipment from India and China once the confirmation on their supply is confirmed. 

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