KATHMANDU:- President Bidya Devi Bhandari has held discussion with Minister for Health and Population, Birodh Khatiwada, and ministry officials and urged them to take action on time to prevent the possible spread of omicron variant of coronavirus.
During the discussion held at her office on Friday, President Bhandari made aware the Minister and officials to adopt precautionary measures on time by learning from the past experiences. Public awareness campaign against coronavirus must be continued, she stressed.
“At a time when the public life has gradually returned to normalcy, the coronavirus threat with new variant is worrying indeed,” she said, stressing the need for prioritizing people’s lives.
She also reminded the new security measures adopted by various countries including South Africa and the Netherlands in the wake of the spread of omicron variant.
Moreover, President Bhandari said the vaccination needs to be provided to all. She also urged the Minister to mull the provision of booster dose with consultation of experts. The President sought the active roles of all three levels of governments, people’s representatives and social organizations in the struggle against deadly virus.
In order to keep the people safe from the adversity to be caused by the COVID-19, all should be accountable, she said, adding that curbing of black marketing and artificial shortage of oxygen and essential medicines was equally important.
On the occasion, Minister Khatiwada informed the President that government had begun vaccinating 200 thousand people via 1600 vaccination centres every day. He further shared the information that 28 percent of the eligible people (26.8 million) was so far vaccinated against COVID-19.
The President had also made aware the ministry about the need of timely management of health and medical persons to fight the health crisis. She expressed gratitude to doctors, nurse, security persons and sanitation workers who performed their duties being in the forefront of crisis.
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