Nepal Government’s top priority is citizen’s security during crisis: Minister Gyawali

Shyamal Adhikari, KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has urged people to stay where they are residing at a time when coronavirus is taking its toll across the globe.

Stopping people’s mobility is the best option at this situation, he said in an interview with Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS).

People are suggested not to take risk as people’s movements from Nepal to foreign countries and vice versa is unsafe at this time of crisis where the world is struggling to contain the infection, he said.

“Anyone wishes to return home from foreign countries. But, Nepal does not want to take risk by allowing Nepalis abroad into the country at this time of crisis. Nepali migrant workers and students abroad are requested to stay where you are living in. Do not be in haste. There is not such a situation Nepal can bring you back home at this time,” Minister Gyawali added.

Stating that he was constantly taking stock of the security and the situation of Nepali migrants and students abroad through video conferencing and other means with Nepali embassies and diplomatic missions in the respective countries, Minister Gyawali pledged that the governments of the respective countries would treat Nepalis and provide them with medical treatments as their citizens.

The Foreign Affairs Minister also assured that those Nepalis in foreign countries, whose labour contract and visas have expired, would not face any difficulties as a result.

Likewise, the Government of Nepal was ready to manage health security and other necessary things for foreigners living in Nepal, he said.

Gyawali is also a member of the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19.

Minister Gyawali shared that health equipment and medicines would be sent to the state-level hospitals on the basis of their necessity and relevance, while adding the places to test coronavirus would be expanded at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Dhangadhi and Hetauda.

He said India has also given assurance for help to supply the necessary medicines, equipment and ‘rapid response team’ and others.

Saying the government has been making arrangements to ensure incentives and insurance services to the health workers, who are in the frontline against COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Gyawali stressed the need for cooperation among political parties, civil society and local levels to cope with coronavirus. He added, “This is the time for local levels to show their capacity and relevance. We have expected this from the local levels.”

Asked about the extension of lockdown period, Minister Gyawali said, “Such a recommendation has been received to the government. The government is grateful to the supports extended instinctively by the people in the time of crisis.”

The full interview with Minister Gyawali will be dispatched on RSS bulletin on Monday. RSS

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