KATHMANDU – Most of the 14 active coronavirus infected people in Panchthar are staying at home in isolation. Although there is a 20-bed isolation ward at the district headquarters in Fidim, only five infected people are being accommodated.
In view of the spike of the infection cases, the isolation ward has been put in place but the structures and facilities have not been up to the basic standards in line with health protocols.
Due to the lack of minimum structures and facilities required for home isolation, there are potential risks of transmission of the virus.
Almost all of the home structures arranged for isolation are traditional and not up to the mark. These houses lack toilets and bathing spaces. Local people have expressed concern over the possible transmission of the virus due to congested spaces and lack of structures required for the operation of the isolation services and facilities.