Officials of the state government have said that they are facing a shortage of resources despite tightening the border with Nepal as a new wave of coronavirus infection is appearing in neighboring India.
More than 68,000 people were found infected in India on Sunday and 56,000 on Monday. On average, more than 50,000 people have been infected with coronavirus each day in the past week.
A senior public health administrator of the far-western region, where a large number of Nepalis migrate from the worst-affected Maharashtra, said there was a lack of manpower at checkpoints.
Health officials in Provinces No. 1 and 2 have also responded to the new wave of cobwebs in India, saying they have been alerted and are working to expand the scope of testing.
The major entry point for workers returning from Maharashtra
According to Narendra Singh Karki, senior health education administrator at the Ministry of Social Development in the far-western region, 47 of the 1,500 antigen tests performed over a one-week period have infected 47 people.
According to him, as the testing service is not available at the local level, swabs have been collected from those people and sent to the national laboratory in the capital.
He said the lack of adequate manpower management at the border posed a challenge to epidemic control.
“There was only one technical health worker when I went to Gaddachauki. There are exactly six staff in a shift. One needs to keep records, one needs to measure temperature, one needs to be a laboratory man and one needs to take turns. But that’s not the case.”
He said that the director of the epidemiology and disease control division and the local people’s representative have been informed about this.
“The busiest is the Gauriphanta checkpoint. Even there, only two staff members were sent. We have managed to send five or six people. The Ministry of Border Health and Population has said that they will look into it. They have sent money to the concerned municipalities to keep staff. “But there is not enough manpower,” he said.
He said that people from Maharashtra and other states of India who have symptoms of fever or are at high risk are being tested at the checkpoint.
“Only two or three people were infected yesterday. On Monday, 15 out of 30 people tested positive. People from Maharashtra have tested positive, even if they have no symptoms. The chances of it spreading to the village are high. ”
“We are telling people entering the checkpoint to stay indoors for at least 10 days or not to come in contact with anyone outside.”
Antigen testing is yet to start in Province No. 1
Regional Health Director of Province No. 1 Dr. According to Gyan Bahadur Basnet, ‘high vigilance’ has been adopted after 12 people tested positive for Covid-19 in 27 tests in Biratnagar last year.
“We have decided to further investigate the incidents and increase the contact tracing of people in contact with the infected. We need to be more vigilant in view of the increasing rate of infection in India,” he said.
According to him, there is talk of increasing the quarantine and isolation.
In view of the rising infection rate in India, the Ministry of Health had directed its subordinate bodies across the country to conduct PCR testing as much as possible.
In case PCR is not possible, the ministry suggested testing with the antigen method.
Dr. According to Basnet, even though health check posts have been set up at the checkpoints, antigen testing has not started yet.
He said that the work would start within this year and coordination would be made with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division.
As there is an open border between Nepal and India, there is a challenge to monitor the movement through the border. Basnet thinks.
Preparation of Province No. 2
The director of the health directorate of province no. According to Vijay Jha, caution has been stepped up as “the second wave could cause problems”.
“We are working on hospital preparations, quarantine, and isolation. We have also started antigen tests. We are setting up more checkpoints at the checkpoints after Holi,” he said.
He said that discussions are also underway to manage quarantine and isolation at the local level targeting the infected.
Dr. According to Jha, even though the situation is being monitored every day after the outbreak of the new wave in India, there has been no significant increase in the number of infections in Province No.2.
He said that 30 to 50 antigens were tested daily at the checkpoints and that the number of tests was increasing.
Officials say Province No. 2 is currently testing only people with symptoms.
In coordination with the central government, preparations for a possible situation at the “war level” have been advanced. Jha explained.
According to him, up to 20 check posts were set up in Province No. 2 in the past.
Due to the open border, it is possible to move almost everywhere, but there is a lack of resources and means to monitor. Jha explains.
Last year, a committee headed by the Chief Secretary had suggested the KOVID-19 Crisis Management Center Steering Committee increase surveillance at the border of Nepali entry and monitor from the center.
The mechanism had instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs to review the existing border checkpoints of Covid-19 and prepare to reduce the checkpoints if the transit rate becomes high.