Authorities have set up health desks at Nepal-India border points in Kailali and Kanchanpur to prevent swine flu (H1N1 virus) from spreading into Nepal from India.
The disease has claimed more than 650 lives in India in the past 45 days.
The District Public Health Office set up the health desks on Monday citing possibility of the swine flu entering the country from the to open border with the southern neighbour. Health authorities said they deployed health personnel at Trinagar, Khakraula in Tikapur, Lalbojhi, Bhajani, Hasuliya, Phoolbari and others along the border and have adopted high alert against the disease.
The health desks were set up as per the decisions of a meeting of local stakeholders held in Kailali on Sunday. “The health personnel mobilised at the border points will identify individuals showing symptoms of the virus and send them to Seti Zonal Hospital for check-up,” Chief District Officer Mahadev Panthi said, adding that arrangements are made to treat infected individuals in isolation at the district hospital. Meanwhile, the health desks set up to contain Ebola at border points in Kanchanpur are tasked to conduct swine flu tests as well, District Public Health Officer Bal Bahadur Mahato said. He said they also set up similar desks at Gaddachowki and Belauri.
Mahato said they set up the health desks on their own. He said preparations are under way to establish a laboratory to control diseases at Gaddachowki in the district. Presently, hospitals across the country send blood samples to the Capital to confirm swine flu. Meanwhile, CDO Panthi said they will conduct awareness campaign against swine flu and caution Nepalis not to make any travel plans to Indian cities affected by the disease. District Veterinary Office chief Binaya Kumar Karna said they will request farmers not to
import pigs from India. Meanwhile, five people who had travelled to India have been diagnosed positive for the disease in Morang. The government, however, is
yet set up preventive mechanisms at border points in the district.
In Nepalgunj, health personnel have been mobilised at Jamunaha border point and they have conducted check-up of over 1,000 people.