The high state of alertness has been adopted at border transit points in eight districts of Province 2 with the resurgence of coronavirus infection in India.
The Armed Police Force, Nepal No. 2 Chinnamasta Brigade Headquarters, Mahottari stated that high alertness along with stringent check-up has been adopted at the transit points. Province 2 shares 464 kilometres of border with India from Saptari district in the east to Parsa district in the west.
There are 67 border outposts (BOPs) and 35 forward operating bases (FOBs) of the APF. The APF personnel assigned at these outposts have been directed to conduct strict checking of people entering Nepal from India.
Deputy Inspector General of APF, Chandra Prakash Gautam said that they have instructed the BOPs to set up health desks at the transit points establishing coordination with COVID Crisis Management Committee and the local governments in all eight districts. He added that the APF units at the border areas have been directed to set up FOBs as required.
Meanwhile, the COVID Crisis management Committee Parsa has decided to set up health desks, adopt strict checking at the border, keeping the APF and Nepal Police in a ready position for containing the disease and mobilising army at the major border transit points, with the detection of COVID-19 cases in the district since the last some days.
The meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee chaired by Chief District Officer and Committee coordinator, Ashman Tamang, also decided to manage beds at the Narayani Hospital, Bagahi health post, Pokhariya Hospital and Bhikhampur health post for treatment of COVID-19 patients, in view of the possibility of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the district.
Similarly, the Committee has urged one and all not to gather in more than 25 persons while celebrating the Holi festival keeping in mind the risk of spread of coronavirus infection.