Local levels in Bajura district have begun deploying health care professionals for the diagnosis and consultation of COVID-19 patients as cases of the infection continue to rise in remote localities of the district.

At present, there are 20 COVID-19 patients in Manikada village of ward 3 of the rural municipality. A team of health personnel recently visited all those patients who are in home isolation to get an update on their health status, shared ward chair Dambar Bahadur Shahi.

Dr Jasmita Balampaki, who is deputed in Jagannath Rural Municipality, is one such health professional who has been visiting COVID-19 patients in home isolation to provide treatment and consultation, shared a rural municipality official.

Dr Balampaki said that she had also been consulting with patients via phone while she has also been visiting the patients in their respective localities to provide treatment as well as to spread awareness about the pandemic.

A temporary COVID-19 Hospital has been set up in the Rural Municipality office where too health personnel have been deployed, according to Mayor of the RM Kali Bahadur Shahi.

Serious patients visit the hospital while those with mild symptoms remain in home isolation. Meanwhile, all the patients are being currently being observed by the health personnel.

The absence of doctors and front line health workers, particularly female doctors, in the remote and desolate districts of the country is quite common contrary to which Dr Balampaki and her team has been selflessly providing services to the needy people of the district, for which she has been highly appreciated by local level officials and locals.

Following the detection of cases of the highly contagious respiratory infection the village had been sealed since April 24 to contain further spread.