Nepal Government warns of suicidal consequences with people defying public health standards
By Ramesh Lamsal/Ashok Ghimire, KATHMANDU: The government has warned of dire consequences with the general people flatly defying basic public health standards for COVID-19.
Following the relaxation of around four-month-long lockdown recently, the general people have been found not properly following health safety measures. The general public is seen neither wearing facemasks and nor maintaining social distancing thus increasing the risks. Pointing out at increasing risks, the Ministry of Health and Population has shown serious concern on timely alertness. People’s negligence towards the infection might be suicidal, said Prof Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, Spokesperson for the Ministry, at a regular press conference organized by the Ministry here. People are later found to have been breached the government’s rules such as the ban of gathering in a group of more than 25 people over the infection, he said.
“Moreover, people are found to have organized seminars, meetings, demonstrations and religious programs against the government’s COVID-19 rules,” he said, adding that as a result, there is a high risk of the infection fast spreading. Sit-ins taking place in the Kathmandu Valley putting forth various demands have also increased the risks, he said. He urged the people to strictly follow the COVID-19 rules and take maximum caution against the infection. Noting that people entering Nepal via border checkpoints were found to have sent home without keeping them in quarantines of late, he urged to make good arrangements for quarantine until their swab samples are collected and reports made available. It has come to the government notice that the employees serving different government and private offices as well as health workers and security personnel have not adopted health safety measures during their office works.
He also urged the concerned people not to disobey the public health protocol. It is also found that those entering the federal capital city, Kathmandu, were also not maintaining health safety measures. As many as 24 people entering Kathmandu via Bhaktapur checkpoint were found to have contracted the coronavirus. The number of people admitted to the hospitals for corona treatment has gone up.