On the back of the outbreak of ‘Coronavirus’ in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the virus may also enter Nepal.
It exclaimed that Nepal lacks proper healthcare institutes and research laboratories for treatment and diagnosis of highly infectious diseases caused by a coronavirus.
Coronavirus is responsible for the outbreak of pneumonia in China, so the movement of people between Nepal and China could spread the deadly virus to Nepal, said the WHO.
Chinese health officials confirmed that the virus originated in a food market that was selling animals likes snakes for consumption.
Till date, there are 2,744 confirmed coronavirus cases in China. The death toll has reached at least 80.
Steps taken by the Chinese Government:
The Nepali Government is on high alert and has already taken necessary steps to prevent the possible risk of transmission of the virus into the country.
The Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital (STIDH) and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) have already initiated health screening of passengers flying in from China, Japan, and Thailand.
A health desk to detect infection of the virus among the inbound tourists is deployed at Tribhuvan International Airport.
As of today (27th Jan 2020), three coronavirus infection cases have been reported in Nepal.
In view of this, the Nepali Government has assigned the following five hospitals in Kathmandu for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients.
Moreover, the authorities at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) have taken the necessary steps for intensive health screening of the passengers from abroad.
A Nepali who was back from Wuhan, China was kept under observation for suspected infection of coronavirus.
Coronavirus are a broad range of viruses that can cause infections ranging from mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses like common cold to much more serious diseases like SARS. The virus can spread from human to human and from animals to humans.
As of now, there is no sustained human-to-human transmission, however, the WHO has warned the countries to prepare for the possibility that there could be a wider outbreak.
Anyone suffering from fever, difficulty in breathing and respiratory illnesses should be quarantined to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading the disease, said Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of WHO’s emerging diseases unit.
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