Valley municipalities gear up to tackle COVID-19

23, Mar 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Valley Municipality Forum to launch awareness campaigns and manage quarantine zones in different areas

'Valley Municipality Forum', a joint body of Kathmandu and Lalitpur metropolitan cities and 16 municipalities in the Kathmandu valley, has decided to launch a mega campaign against coronavirus. The forum called an emergency meeting on Sunday and made public a 10-point common concept against the infection today.

"The meeting decided for all municipalities in the valley to join hands against the virus," said Forum Secretary and Madhyapur Thimi Municipality Mayor Madan Sundar Shrestha. "All 18 municipalities in the valley will jointly launch a campaign against the virus. Municipalities will spread awareness campaigns and manage quarantine zones in their respective area," he added. Schools, hotels, guest houses and community buildings will be used as temporary quarantine homes.

The meeting decided to make arrangements so as to ensure health workers attending to suspected at quarantine facilities are fully safe and send suspected persons to the designed health institutions. The federal government will be asked to build additional health institutions as per need. Further, the respective municipality will provide necessary assistance.

All municipalities will manage water and soaps at places in their respected area and market monitoring will be intensified. Black marketers face action and the federal government will be asked for intervention if required. The meeting has also appealed to the general public to acknowledge the notice and messages issued by the federal government and the World Health Organizations on COVID-19.

The meeting has decided not to shut down the local units and the health centres. Other services besides essential services/supplies will be closed.

Forum's Secretary Shrestha shared that meeting unveiled the common viewpoint on precautionary measures against the COVID-19. Forum's Vice-chair and Lalitpur Metropolis Mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan shared that all local units in the Kathmandu Valley will move ahead forging a common viewpoint to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread.

"The meeting has decided not to postpone or cancel the International Mayors' Conference-2020 to be organised by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City in Kathmandu from October 7-10 this year. Although the preparation for the Conference has been halted due to the COVID-19, once the risk of COVID-19 is mitigated, the preparation for the same would be accelerated," said Shrestha.

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