More

    All hands on the deck as Omicron stalks Nepal

    HealthCOVID-19All hands on the deck as Omicron stalks Nepal
    - Advertisment -

    All hands on the deck as Omicron stalks Nepal

    As the Omicron virus spreads across the country, the government of Nepal isn’t taking chances. The government today took a series of decisions from banning worship in temples to procuring COVID-19 testing kits to importing vaccines.

    Nepal is staring at a likely third wave of COVID-19 and the government has brought forth a slew of measures. Since the detection of the first Omicron infection in the country in December 2021, the virus is now at its infectious worst, infecting health personnel, media persons, bankers, sportspersons, employees, professionals, shopkeepers or homemakers.

    8,730 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday. These include 35 employees of the Supreme Court of Nepal tested positive for COVID-19.

    117 doctors and health workers of different hospitals in Chitwan district have tested positive for coronavirus. 30 doctors from the Nuwakot district are also infected.

    - Advertisement -

    Nuwakot district’s medical superintendent, Dipendra Pande said nurses, paramedics and lab technicians too have been found positive for coronavirus.” Gynaecology and obstetrics services too have been halted and the hospital has issued a notice and informing people of the closure of services, he said.

    According to reports, the infection rate per 15,000 tests has touched over 4,000 on Sunday. Active cases have crossed 25,500 on the WHO COVID-19 dashboard and seven people have been reported to have died.

    Lockdowns, vaccines and testing kits

    The sharp increase in disease today compelled the government to further impose lockdowns.

    All the three district administration in the Kathmandu valley have banned all worship till the middle of February. It is now mandatory for people entering premises of government offices to display their vaccination cards.

    The government began work today to procure 900,000 COVID-19 testing kits.
    Addressing the ninth meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Monday, Prime Minister Deuba expressed his worry about Omicron’s rapid spread through the country.

    Sources say that the government is wary of any repeat of the flack it faced for its handling of the pandemic’s second wave in April 2021. Hospitals and medical personnel were then overwhelmed as people died for want of oxygen.

    Deuba directed the Ministry of Health and Population to immediately import enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate all Nepali citizens.

    So far, only 39 per cent have received both doses of the vaccine, according to the WHO COVID-19 dashboard.

    - Advertisement -

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Latest news

    Indian Government Launches Second Phase of Scheme to Mentor Young Authors

    YUVA 2.0 is being launched in view of the significant impact of the first edition of YUVA that saw...

    Message From New Delhi: Sufficient Foodgrains Stocks Available

    The ministry said that sufficient stocks of food grains are available to meet the requirement of National Food Security...

    Aarambh by Jeevitam : To Aid Women Find Livelihoods

    Resting on a women helpline number in over 21 Indian languages, Aarambh will soon be launching a series of...

    Tamil Nadu NGOs Work With University to Restore Heritage Rice Varieties

    A majority of small and medium farmers of Tamil Nadu have lost their heritage seeds, once owned traditionally by...
    - Advertisement -

    Working with Women to Bring More Women to the Workforce

    Jeevitam’s latest initiative, called the Audacious initiative will be launched on Sunday 2 October. This is a partnership with...

    Nepal Government, UN Agency Seek Investors for Latest Cash Crop to Boom in Country’s East

    Cardamom, mountain potato, ginger and timur have been assessed using the government’s Climate-Smart Agriculture Investment Plan, which FAO says...

    Must read

    Indian Government Launches Second Phase of Scheme to Mentor Young Authors

    YUVA 2.0 is being launched in view of the...

    Message From New Delhi: Sufficient Foodgrains Stocks Available

    The ministry said that sufficient stocks of food grains...
    - Advertisement -

    More from the sectionRELATED
    Recommended to you