Mechinagar Goes For ‘Mass-Testing’ Of Coronavirus

Health worker collects swab sample in Nepal.

In a suspected transmission of coronavirus at community level, Mechinagar municipality in Jhapa has started conducting ‘mass-testing’ from Sunday onward. 

Mechinagar municipality and the District Health Office Jhapa have jointly started ‘mass-testing’ from eastern checkpoint at Kakadbhitta.    

Swab samples were collected from 117 local residents for corona tests on the first day, coordinator of Mechinagar Social Development Committee, Nabin Baral said.    

There was a suspected coronavirus outbreak at community level in Mechinagar following 20 on-duty armed police personnel were diagnosed with COVID-19 infection in Kakadbhitta on Friday.    

Municipality’s health section chief Shashikala Rai informed that swab samples were collected from 32 armed police personnel of Customs Revenue Battalion at Kakadbhitta and other 85 people including health workers, transport entrepreneurs, hotel entrepreneurs, journalists and the general public on Sunday in the first phase.    

So far 70 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while 46 have returned home after recovery and 25 are still undergoing treatment.    

The municipality sources said ‘mass-testing’ will continue in coming days as well.