Here comes another important measure from the Nepal Health Ministry on account of COVID-19 outbreak.
The Ministry has reportedly asked hospitals in Kathmandu, with more than 50 bed capacity, to postpone the OPD and surgery services until mid of April 2020.
While urging the public to avoid health checks that are not priority, the Ministry asked all hospitals to consider COVID-19 patients on priority.
The Ministry has also directed the National Public Health Laboratory to be prepared with at least 20,000 sample test kits and necessary arrangements to undertake sample tests as and when required.
It has also decided that the Department of Health Services will finalize a list of key essentials that would be need for scanning and detecting the disease.
In this regard, the Department might also reach out to the Chinese Embassy for assistance, if required.
One person belonging to the pathology department will be the point of contact for collecting sample swab of a suspected person, handing over the same to lab and further pass on the suspect information to the National Public Health Laboratory.
Bir Hospital, Dhulikhel Hospital and BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences were assigned the task of conducting COVID-19 sample tests on an immediately.
The Bir Hospital has already been tasked with the responsibility of sending dialysis equipment and required personnel to the Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital to treated the infected.
Moreover, hospitals with 100-bed capacity will be operating a fever clinic.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry was urged to beef up security measures to avoid unexpected instances from the families of the suspect.
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