The Rising Nepal
Kathmandu, March 29 : The Kageshwori Manohara municipality in Kathmandu has
kept close watch on those in the town who were recently returned home from
abroad in the wake of a weeklong lockdown against the coronavirus that entered
the sixth day today.
Mayor Krishnahari Thapa told the National News Agency (RSS) that the ward offices within the municipality were asked to increase surveillance on those people. The instruction was given in response to public complaints to this regard. The locals telephoned the local representatives expressing fear of potential infection because of the newcomers in the locality.
Similarly, a 2.5 million-fund was set up to support the livelihood of daily wage earners who have been largely affected by the lockdown. Each ward has been provided from Rs 71,000 to Rs 697,000 being based on the population to assist the affected community. ”The eligible people is getting Rs 1,000 per head.”
Besides, the Mulpani-based Primary Health Center has been kept 24 hours open to see the people complaining of health symptoms similar to coronavirus and the suspected are being sent to isolation with treatment facilities. Two medical doctors have been assigned responsibility, according to mayor Thapa. The center has a three-bed isolation facility.
The municipality is to support the government to build a quarantine center at the Mulpani-based cricket ground. The government has proposed to use the ground as quarantine. Moreover, preparations are going on to build a seven-bed quarantine center at the Alapot-based health post and an eight-bed quarantine center at the Gandhi Tulasi Community Hospital.
Disinfecting the areas which see relative crowds goes on and a town police has been mobilised to assist the Nepal Police in latter’s efforts to keep the essential supplies continued.
As said by deputy mayor Bindu Pudasaini, stakeholders concerned have been instructed to control the potential supplies of goods on black-market; artificial shortage and price rise of goods and the local government has itself carrying out a market monitoring to contain potential violations of market ethics during the crisis.
Grocers, gas dealers and stores supplying drinking water have been asked to deliver services twice a day. Police, health workers, town police and employees on duty have been provided with face masks, gloves and other safety materials.