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Nepal Lawmakers demand expansion of PCR tests

(At a meeting of the National Assembly held at the Federal Parliament Building, New Baneshwor on Tuesday, MP Tara Devi Bhatt presenting a proposal to reduce the expenditure of the Ministry of Health and Population by Rs 100 under the Appropriation Bill 2077 BS. Photo: Roshan Sapkota-RSS)

KATHMANDU:- lawmakers have drawn the government’s attention to take action to those involved in raping a woman in Kailali quarantine and expand the PCR tests in the wake of increasing infection of coronavirus across the country.
Speaking in the zero hour of the National Assembly today, NCP lawmaker Sharada Devi Bhatta said government must take stringent action against those involved in rape. “Rapists are more dangerous than coronavirus,” she added.
Bimala Poudel from the same party urged the government to remain further alert to ensure safety to the women and children in the pandemic. Same party lawmaker Sher Bahadur Kunwar demanded the government to expand and intensify the PCR tests of some 70,000 to 90,000 people who are staying in quarantine of Sudurpaschim State after returning home from India.
Lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari pointed out the need of immediate rescue of those Nepalis stranded in various countries due to COVID-19 lockdown. “Nepalis abroad are suffering from hunger and disease. They must not be left unattended for long,” he emphasized.
Lawmaker Sumitra BC demanded the government that it managed treatment to those injured in the jeep accident occurred at Chudichandi of Jajarkot.
Suman Raj Pyakurel of the same party demanded investigation into the deaths of Sada family in Dhanusha district.
Ramesh Jung Rayamajhi of Nepali Congress said people protested the renaming of Mangalbare Hospital in Jhapa as Madan Bahandari Hospital. So the hospital must not be renamed, he added.

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