Jhapa. Until last week, neither corona nor quarantine were infected in Kachankawal village. However, when the railway service started in India, returning workers started coming to this border village.
Thus, 33 people who reached near the border area were rescued under the guidance of the local people's representative and kept in the quarantine of Patharia Mavic. After testing their corona by collecting their throat swabs, 10 people tested positive.
The infected person was not sent to Corona Hospital in Biratnagar for treatment. Another group reached the border. Sixty-five of them were kept at Laxmi Prasad Devkota Secondary School. Of them, the report of 23 has come positive while the report of the rest has not been received.
95 students of Mahendra Mavic and 30 students of another school are yet to be tested. There is a lack of virus transport medium (VTM) required for throat swab collection for corona testing by PCR method. Despite pleading with the state and federal governments for this, it has not arrived yet.
However, more civilians have arrived in the border area and are awaiting rescue. The 48-kilometer border of the village municipality is connected with India and as soon as the railways come into operation in India, the returning Nepalis gather at the border near their place of residence.
The Indian (Armed Border Force) SSB stops about 10-12 km from Dashjaga. The Armed Police Force has been deployed at a distance of 500 meters towards Nepal as well, ”said Durga Prasad Poudel, Chief Administrative Officer of the village municipality. And, security personnel on both sides have been handing over to the municipality. '
From the border area, quarantine is carried out by foot, or by tractor or other means of transportation. So far, 212 people have come and they have been easily managed. However, as the number of returnees from India increases, it seems challenging to quarantine and test corona."People's representatives estimate that the number of people returning from India will be around 1,500," said Poudel, the village's chief administrative officer. Health workers are also in short supply. So let the federal and state governments also help in this. '
According to him, with the increase in the number of returnees from India, there is a growing concern not only about quarantine, but also about the lack of hospitals to treat anyone infected.
The number of people coming from India to Jhapa, another village municipality of the district, is no different. According to Jeevan Niraula, chief administrative officer of the village municipality, people from India have been coming in groups in the last 5-6 days. ‘The first one or two used to come in hiding. Now they come in groups of 20/25 people. There were up to 48 people in one group, "he said." After coming to the border and begging, there was no alternative but to rescue them.
Among those rescued are sent to their quarantine if they belong to Jhapa village municipality. The village municipality has set up a 20/20 bed quarantine site at Dilliraj and Janata High School, which is now being prepared to be expanded and made a holding point. Citizens of other localities of Jhapa will be sent to the concerned local level while other districts will be sent to the quarantine of Mechi Campus. Chief Administrative Officer Niraula says, "There are 13 people in our quarantine now. But that number could rise at any time. "
According to a local people's representative, a few thousand people from Jhapa have gone to India for employment and are likely to return.
The process of coming from India has also started in Gauriganj, another village municipality of Jhapa bordering India. According to village chairman Baburaja Shrestha, three holding points have been identified at Fatehpuri, Altawari and Dankupada. And, out of the total, those from Delhi, Ahmedabad, Rajasthan, India will be sent to the quarantine only after rapid diagnostic test (IDT) while others will be kept in the quarantine site without testing.
A 100-bed quarantine site has been set up in an empty building and is being prepared at the Gauriganj Campus. It has been decided to build a third quarantine site. "We quarantine everyone from India and send home only those who have tested negative through PCR," said Shrestha.
All the three villages are bordered by India. However, those coming from India are also at other local levels. According to government data, there are about 500 Nepalis in quarantine in Jhapa district and about 800 Nepalis have been detained in Panityanki across the border in Kakadvitta, said Chief District Officer Uday Bahadur Ranamagar.
It was decided to bring the quarantine and hotels in the border area to Nepal on May 15, but the Indian side could not bring them after requesting a government letter, said Prajia Ranamagar. "We have discussed whether it can be brought, the Indian side has asked for a letter," he told online news.
There are one thousand beds in quarantine in 29 places in the district. Half of them are full. There is no alternative to quarantine those coming from India. "If we can't quarantine them and test them, the infection can spread at any time after they reach the village," said Jeevan Chaulagai, a focal person at the District Public Health Office in Jhapa.