Budhiganga Municipality, Bajura, has decided to offer 75 per cent risk allowance to health workers involved in the treatment of COVID patients and 50 per cent risk allowance to health workers deployed to control the virus spread in the municipality.

Mayor Dip Bikram Shah said the municipality had decided to motivate frontline workers. He said the 75 per cent allowance was insufficient compared to the risk health workers were taking in treating patients.

"But the allowance will be a sort of incentive for health workers amid the pandemic," he added. Shah said that the municipality had also ensured health workers' health insurance last year.

The municipality also decided that the bodies of COV- ID patients will be managed in coordination with the Nepali Army at Sera of Guigard and Maure of Barjugard.

Health Deputy Coordinator at the municipality Hasta Kadayat said that the municipality would provide necessary assistance to the people entering the district from outside by following all the health safety protocols.

The municipality has also decided to establish isolation centres with oxygen support in two health posts. According to the municipality, the isolation wards with oxygen support will be established at Debalsain Health Post and Brahmatola Health Post. Earlier, a COVID Temporary Hospital with 20 beds was brought into operation at Tante Health Post. The municipality decided that COVID-19 Control and Management Committee will be formed in every ward of the municipality in coordination with ward chairmen in a bid to save people's lives.

Kadayat also said that government and non-governmental organisations would be coordinating with each other for relief materials to flood victims.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 13, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.