Hospitals including 50 or more beds asked to postpone non-urgent checkups and operations

Hospitals including 50 or more beds asked to postpone non-urgent checkups and operations

In an effort to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, on Friday the administration addressed hospitals with 50 or more beds in the Kathmandu Valley to defer non-urgent health checkups and operations till April 12.

There is only one COVID-19 suspect has been confirmed positive and cured in the nation, the Ministry for Health and Population addressed the hospitals with 50 beds to attend only emergency cases and surgeries.

“The ministry decided on a possible spread of the coronavirus,” said Bikash Devkota, the ministry spokesperson. Moreover, the ministry has also advised hospitals with a range of more than 100 beds to run fever clinic to examine the assumed cases of COVID-19. According to the directive, hospitals should retain suspected people in isolation by not sending them to different hospitals.

Besides, the administration has also led Bir Hospital, Dhulikhel Hospital, and Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences to carry coronavirus tests. The National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) will present coronavirus examination kits to the hospitals.The government has announced that the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHC) has 20,000 COVID-19 examination materials.

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