After two COVID-19 patients from Balgung district recovered and were sent back home recently, COVID-19-induced situation in the district has improved to some extent. Some progress has been made in terms of risk minimization for COVID-19 pandemic.
But Health Office, Baglung Chief Suraj Gurau spoke for the need to work with new strategy and observe more precautions to prevent further infection.
Anshu Sapkota, 19, of Baglung Municipality-4 and Mankumari Poudel, 65, of the Baglung Municipality-3 were tested positive for the virus. After the successful treatment, they have already returned home, giving a message that some risk minimization was achieved in this arena.
Gurau was of belief that with two COVID-19 patients recovering and returning home, we could consider that there has been some minimization of COVID-19 risk in the district.
According to him, rest of the risk of COVID-19 was speculated from those coming from India. Garau underscored the need for surveillance over those entering the district from big cities in the country as well as from the foreign countries.
He also informed that contact tracing was done and those coming in contact with those infected ones were also put to test but all of them were tested negative in the COVID-19 test. “If we prevent infection from out of district, we can prevent and control this infection in the district itself,” he said calling for all-side cooperation.
Local units here have been asked to enforce home quarantine to those entering the district from outside to prevent the community level transmission of the deadly infection.
So far, according to the Health Office Baglung, rapid diagnostic test was conducted on a total of 1,122 persons suspected to have contracted the COVID-19 while 63 people underwent PCR test. All results have come negative.
Although a 65-year-old woman from Kathekhola Rural Municipality-6 was tested positive for rapid diagnostic test, she tested negative in the PCR test later.
Tests were being conducted on any suspected persons till date. Locals have called for following lockdown, maintaining physical distancing and observing precaution against this flu-like infection to prevent and control it.
Dhaulagiri Hospital Chief Shailendra BK Pokharel argued that although has been Baglung COVID-19-free district now, it cannot be said to be entirely safe. “Although we were successful in treating COVID-19 patients and sending them home hale and hearty, we cannot afford to remain assured that there would be no any COVID-19 cases in the district in future,” warned Dr Pokharel.
Pokharel viewed that we should be prepared for any circumstances that may unfold in future. According to him, there was still risk lurking in other parts of the country with new COVID-19 cases being reported in the country almost in the daily basis.
He asserted that the lockdown should not be relaxed immediately as there was a high chance of infection entering Baglung from other districts in the country. “We should be aware and alert. The stakeholders should formulate plans accordingly,” he said.
Although treatment of COVID-19 was a new experience for the health workers here, they succeeded in recovery of the patients despite the resources constraints. Dr Pokharel shared, “We worked with a team and with high morale.”
Dhaulagiri Hospital where the test and treatment of COVID-19 patients was conducted has forwarded construction of physical infrastructures including isolation wards.
Source: National News Agency