Nepal | July 14, 2020

Hotels to provide rooms to quarantine healthcare workers

Share Now:

Kathmandu, May 23

Tourist standard hotels within the valley have reached agreement with the government to provide rooms to healthcare workers fighting on the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A meeting yesterday between Nepal Tourism Board and Federation of Hotel Entrepreneurs decided to provide 610 rooms in the initial phase to keep doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other health workers in quarantine.

Healthcare workers will be kept in quarantine on the basis of Staff Management Guideline — 2020 prepared by the Ministry of Health and Population for healthcare workers infected by the pandemic.

“We have submitted a list of 30 hotels located in Kalanki, Balaju, Gongabu, Gaushala, Sundhara, Thamel, Kalimati, Lainchaur and those close to Tribhuvan International Airport.

Healthcare workers of hospitals close to these hotels can be quarantined at places convenient for them,” said Hira Dhoj Shah, chairman of the federation.

According to him, hotels will be providing a single room, breakfast, lunch, dinner and other basic facilities at 2,000 rupees per night.

“Although we don’t have enough staffers at the moment, we will provide as many services as we can during this pandemic,” Shah said.

“Even prior to this, we had already informed the government that tourists standard hotels were prepared to serve as quarantine facilities. As all the rooms are ready, healthcare workers can come at any time,” he added.

Shah further said all the 30 hotels were prepared to serve as per the standards provided by the government. If the government requires more rooms the federation is ready to provide other hotels as well.

According to Samir Kumar Adhikari, joint spokesperson for MoHP, hospitals themselves will decide where to quarantine their staffers. “The ministry will keep frontline healthcare workers in quarantine by coordinating with the respective hospitals and workers themselves,” he said.

“Based on the set guidelines, healthcare workers have to stay in quarantine for at least seven to 14 days.”

As per the guidelines issued on May 15, the MoHP will provide the budget to keep healthcare workers in quarantine in the hotels from the Coronavirus Infection Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund, Adhikari informed.

“Budget will be provided to hospitals by the ministry and the hospitals will have to make arrangements regarding the quarantine schedule and hotels convenient for them,” he said. “All the responsibilities of quarantining healthcare workers will be taken by the hospitals themselves,” he added.

The MoHP had requested the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for the quarantine service.

On the direction of the tourism ministry, NTB had approached Hotel Association Nepal and Federation of Hotel Entrepreneurs. However, since HAN and NTB could not settle the negotiations, NTB opted for FoHE.

Shreejana Rana, president of HAN, said the amount offered by the ministry was not reasonable for HAN. “The ministry had proposed Rs 2,000, which was not feasible for star-rated hotels. However, we had promised the ministry to arrange tourist standard hotels for healthcare workers,” she said, claiming, “We are already in trouble due to this pandemic, but we have promised to provide the government with around 200 rooms.”

Rana further said that HAN was also preparing rooms for migrant workers that the government was preparing to bring back home.

HAN is discussing if it can provide rooms for returnee migrants starting from Rs 3,000 to Rs 16,000 per night.


A version of this article appears in e-paper on May 24, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Indrawati River sweeps away three persons

KAVRE, JULY 12 At least three persons, including a minor, have gone missing after the Indrawati River swept them away in Mandandeupur Municipality, Kavre. The river swept away two youths last evening while a minor was swept away on Friday. Ward Chairman Bishnu Mani Nepal said Chandra Lama, 37, Read More...

Dahal pledges to keep party unity intact

CHITWAN, JULY 12 Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal today pledged to keep the party unity intact. Addressing a programme organised at Chitwan Party Office, Dahal said, “We will not let the party split. Party unity will be kept intact at any cost”, he tried to assur Read More...

Salyan village at risk of landslide for last 30 years

SALYAN, JULY 12 A settlement of 100 plus families in Kapurkot Rural Municipality, Salyan, has been at risk of landslide for the past three decades. Their fear of being swept away doubles when it rains. This monsoon, six metres land in the area have caved in. However, the government and auth Read More...

Man kills uncle in Kaski

POKHARA, JULY 12 A man killed his uncle in Madi Rural Municipality, Kaski, last night. Police said Nawaraj Sapkota killed his uncle Pitamber Sapkota, 78, by attacking him with a khukuri over a minor domestic dispute. Ward Chairman Satyaraj Sapkota said Pitamber died on the spot. He said tha Read More...

Two new groups of locusts enter via Dang

KATHMANDU, JULY 12 To add to the fears of the farmers two new groups of locusts have entered Nepal today. As per the Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre (PQPMC) two new groups of locusts were seen in Dang district this morning. As per the centre, those groups of locusts travelled Read More...

First phase of repatriation flights ends, second to begin from Wednesday

KATHMANDU, JULY 12 The first phase of repatriating Nepalis stranded in different countries due to the COVID-19 has concluded today. According to the COV- ID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC), a total of 26,396 Nepalis were evacuated from 24 countries in the last one month. The repatriation fligh Read More...

Two held with banned pharmaceutical drugs in Siraha

SIRAHA: Police in Siraha district on Sunday arrested two persons in possession of banned pharmaceutical drugs at two different places. A team of police in civvies deployed from Bariyarpatti Police Post arrested Chandan Kumar Yadav (20) of Shreepur in Bariyarpatti Rural Municipality-2 in possessio Read More...

Man Utd's De Gea needs more trophies, says Solskjaer

Goalkeeper David de Gea will not be content with personal accolades and needs to win more major trophies at Manchester United, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. De Gea, 29, has won United's Player of the Year award four times since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 but the club have Read More...