Birat Anupam/Itahari, May 25. State-1 has categorised three types of risk zones of COVID-19 in the state. In a recent state level Crisis Management Center (CMC) meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai has decided to do so. Three risk zones have been named as high risk zone, risk zone and normal zones respectively on Friday meeting.
Based on the decision of the meeting, one per cent people of the state are in high risk zone and 0.75 per cent are in risk zone. Likewise, 0.5 per cent people of the state are in normal zone of possible outbreak of the global pandemic in the state bordering populous Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal.
Daily PCR test to hit 1000 soon
The Crisis Management Center meeting of the state-1 has also okayed to conduct 1000 Polymerase Chain Reaction tests in the state. This would be fivefold increase from its ongoing average daily PCR tests of around 200 from government-owned laboratories of Dharan and Biratnagar. Currently, Dharan-based B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Biratnagar-based Koshi Zonal Hospital and Avian Disease Investigation Laboratory are testing 100, 80 and 20 swab samples respectively on an average daily.
‘We have came up with the decision to carry out around 40,000 PCR tests in the state,’ informed Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai, adding that the state government would target migrant workers returned from India and three categories of risk zones specified by Crisis Management Center of the state-1.
1150 new beds on the offing
A Crisis Management Center meeting of State-1 has also decided to increase COVID-19 beds in the state. ‘Hundred beds would be set up at Koshi Zonal Hospital, 200 beds each in Jhapa and Purbanchal University Hospital of Gothgaun, Morang, 300 in BPKIHS of Dharan, 300 beds in Krishnadash Ashram of Chatara of Sunsari and 50 beds in a Military Hospital of Itahari,’ informed CM Sherdhan Rai. He added, ‘We are working on war footing to deal with possible outbreak.’
1500-bed holding area for India returnees
Crisis Management Center meeting has decided to set up various holding areas for the management of the imminent inflows of Nepali migrant workers returned from India.
‘We have devised strategy to make holding areas with the capacity to adjust 15,000 migrant workers coming in from India’, shared CM Rai, ‘For this, we are constructing such facilities in Ilam, Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari.’ CM Rai said State-1 government has been constructing 2 thousand beds in Ilam, 4 thousand each in Sunsari and Jhapa as well as 5 thousand in Morang. rss