Kathmandu, Nepal January 28, 2020: Though the two patients suspected of coronavirus infection, who were admitted at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH), Teku, have been discharged from the hospital on Monday, the looming fear of deadly decease is not ended yet in Nepal, thanks to the open border with mostly infected China and lack of equipments and kits to check the virus.
According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), only one person has been confirmed with the disease till date in the country. No additional cases have been confirmed, reads the press release signed by Dr Bibek Kumar Lal, director of EDCD under the Department of Health Services (DoHS) on Monday.
It is said that a woman suspected of coronavirus infection is under observation in the isolation ward of the hospital. The woman, who had also returned back recently from China, is kept under observation by keeping her in the isolation ward in the hospital.
As the laboratory was borrowed for comprehensive tests of the virus from the Centre for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), the NPHL has started testing coronavirus in its own laboratory from Monday.
Likewise, the government is also planning to set up a separate checking facility and other services for those aircraft flying from China.
The Ministry of Tourisms and Civil Aviation has directed the Civil Aviation Authority and other authorities concerned to install modern technology at airports and border points immediately to conduct health screenings.