COVID 19 – Effective measures taken and Nepal

Amid this crisis of Covid19, almost all the nations and governments have baffled over their decisions. Following the spread of Corona virus around globe starting from Wuhan, some countries have had their own effective style to deal in this crisis situation.

Here,  we would like to mention some of those steps taken into consideration .

  • Consistency in the information

This is something that can be seen as a common factor among the nations which have worked to minimize the impacts successfully. They have been clear about entire plans and policies regarding this. The right and effective flow of information across the nation has helped people.

In the context of Nepal, there is no homogeneity in the set of rules set out by the government across the nation. In fact, there is serious issue in the coordination between different levels of government.

  • Strict Punishment

Strict punishments have been announced to those found violating the quarantine to battle negligence. Also, many countries have initiated it making this effort more as a social responsibility.

Though the efforts are visible everywhere in Nepal, citizens are not taking their social responsibility to prevent this. The basic idea to maintain physical distance seems to be followed by none.

  • Ban and Punishment on providing false information

Rumours have surrounded everyone. People are more reactive than anything else these days because of the false information . The misuse of Press Freedom to gain traffic to websites has lead to various misconceptions about the virus such as symptoms, preventive measures and more.

If we observe the number of news websites in Nepal, the number has drastically surged. News portal are found to have intimidating and deceitful headlines. These things have an impact on the psychology of people.

  • Body temperature check
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Temperature check has been a top priority for the people who are working like government officials, food suppliers and others.

We are not pretty sure whether the government officials, officials of local government in Nepal among others are taking precautions or not. A robust system needs to be established for regular sanitizing of heath professionals, journalists, politicians and representatives.

  • Smart Tracing of Victims

South Korea was the country that had a different approach with tracing the victims and letting others know the areas or places travelled by the victims over a certain period of time. This made a form of network map which helped people to be more cautious.

A map indicating the locations visited by the PCR positives as well as the one shown positive by Rapid test needs to be published in Nepal. This will help the people of affected areas to safeguard and quarantine themselves.

  • Penalize Stockpiling

Though the entire world is suffering, some people still are looking for business and profit. The countries which have proved to be effective have hooked all involved in stockpiling.

In the initial phase, some stockpiling were detected in Nepal including surgical masks. However, it would be appropriate to fix the maximum price of medical items that everyone needs to abide by.

  • Smart Phone alerts

Smartphone alerts are sent out about the movements of people who have tested positive. This can help people understand the situation and know whether they have the possibility of being infected by the virus.

CRBT was changed by Nepal Telecom, but this is not enough. Smart phone alerts can be sent to the people of the area where Covid19 positive has been detected.

  • Isolating the health professionals
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At this moment, countries cannot afford to lose health professionals. Most of the countries have made separate provisions to health professionals.

As a country with very few health professionals, it is the responsibility of government to be prepared for worst situations. Various discussions at government level shows that they are more concerned about Kathmandu valley and their preparation seems centralized in this case. The front line warriors of Covid19 should have secure provisions before it’s too late.

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