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Health Desk at TIA starts operating


KATHMANDU: A health desk established at Tribhuvan International Airport to address the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak — declared an international health emergency by World Health Organisation — has come into operation from today . 

On its first day of operation, three Nepalis returning from EVD affected African countries were screened. “They had come from Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Kenya. No ebola symptoms were found,” informed Dr Baburam Marasini, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) which is responsible for responding to epidemic outbreaks.

Though the government had earlier said the health desk would start functioning from Thursday, it was delayed by three days. An official defended the delay, saying, “It took some time to procure necessary equipment and install them.” 

As Ebola virus has posed a threat, the government on August 12 had decided to set up the health desk at the only international airport in the country, to screen all arrivals from countries that have witnessed the spread of the disease and take precautionary measures to control it.

“The desk started functioning from this morning. However, it may take a few more days to procure all necessary equipment,” said Dr Marasini. As per the decision of the Ministry of Health and Population, five medical staff — including a specialist, a doctor, a nurse and two assistants — have been deployed at TIA medical desk. 

Passengers coming from countries like Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have to fill up a form upon arrival at TIA and go through medical check-up to pass through the immigration.

EDCD has also prepared to provide further medical and laboratory tests. Treatment will be provided to suspected cases at Bir Hospital or Shukraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku.

According to the government, epidemiology specialists have already been deployed at all 75 districts to raise awareness across the country. Border points at Nepalgunj, Kakarvitta, Mahendranagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Kodari and Dhangadi are also under surveillance.

Ebola is a rare virus which causes bleeding inside and outside the body. It damages the immune system and organs. There is no licensed specific treatment or vaccine available for the disease. The virus has killed over 1,000 people in four African countries and is slowly spreading across the world. 

For Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-ve) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point

For Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-ve) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point

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Information for Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point
Information for Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point
Information for Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point