The Ministry of Health and Population (File photo/Khabarhub)
KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has stated that the people suspected of carrying the COVID-19 virus need not come to Kathmandu for further test.
According to Ministry Spokesperson Dr Bikas Devkota, the concerned hospitals have been directed to keep the suspected one in isolation ward and send his/her swab for test to Teku for confirmation.
A total of 610 persons have been tested so far for COVID-19, of which two tested positive. Among them, one returned home after recovery while another is undergoing treatment at Shukraraj Tropical Hospital, Teku. Dr Devkota also said that 16 suspected are in hospital and of them five are in isolation ward and 11 in quarantine.
He further shared that the sample lab test would be soon managed from Bir Hospital, BPKHIS in Dharan and Dhulikhel Hospital.
The 19-year-old girl who recently returned from France and tested positive for COVID-19 positive is under treatment while her family members and persons who came in contact with her are in quarantine, Devkota said.
Meanwhile, 5,231 persons have received information about COVID-19 after calling at the Ministry’s call Center so far. Dr Khem Karki, advisor to Health Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal, shared that the process to send personal protection equipment (PPE) to different hospitals had begun with high priority.