Govt urged to intensify test, vaccination drive against Covid 19 Business 360

Govt urged to intensify test, vaccination drive against Covid 19

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba holds discussions with the infectious disease specialists and office-bearers of Nepal Medical Council and Nepal Medical Association regarding the control of the coronavirus, in presence of Health Minister Birodh Khatiwada, Health State Minister Bhawani Prasad Khapung, in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: As the country has recorded rapid rise in coronavirus infection in recent days signalling immediate risk of the third wave, the government has consulted the specialists for the containment of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday held discussions with the infectious disease specialists and office-bearers of Nepal Medical Council and Nepal Medical Association regarding the control of the virus.

On the occasion, the specialist doctors suggested that the government increase the scope of coronavirus tests, develop a dedicated Covid hospital in each district, ensure isolation centres, set up holding centres and manage sufficient human resources to fight against the Covid 19 pandemic.

In recent days, a large number of doctors involved in the treatment of Covid patients from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and Bir Hospital got contacted the virus, posing a threat of human resources crisis for the treatment of Covid patients.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Janak Koirala at Patan Hospital said that the doctors offered suggestions to the PM for ensuring medical personnel’s good health and the ways to ensure sufficient human resources for the treatment amid the infections among the doctors, nurses and other health personnel.

On the occasion, the medical personnel expressed their concerns over the unnecessary crowds despite the government’s appeal to stay home and avoid public gatherings.

The doctors also said that the government should strictly impose the public health protocol, adding that there was no situation to impose a lockdown immediately.

In response, PM Deuba said that the new Omicron variant of coronavirus added challenges in the control of coronavirus. The PM said that the government had targeted to vaccinate all eligible citizens by mid-April.

The PM said the citizens will be administered booster doses against Covid by fully vaccinating all while pledging to establish holding centres in the border areas and ensure doctors in the health institutions.

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