As cases of coronavirus are increasing in Bajura, health workers have started reaching the houses of patients to treat and counsel them.

Acting Chief Mahesh Chand at Bajura Health Office, said health workers had started treating COVID-19 patients at their doorsteps.

As many as 97 people have been infected with the virus till today. Of them, four are receiving treatment in the isolation ward of Bajura District Hospital. Chand said that 74 were in home isolation and 23 were staying in the isolation centre established by the local levels. He said that all the infected were under the direct observation of health workers. Health workers are also conducting antigen test of COVID suspected patients at their houses.

A team of health workers deployed from Bajura District Health Office reached the villages and carried out antigen tests.

Dr Dipendra Budha at the district hospital said that lab technician Ratan Budha and Jagat Shahi, among others, reached Kawadi village and started counselling and treating COVID patients. The team also reached Himali Rural Municipality after several cases were reported at the local level.

The health workers said that the health condition of infected persons was normal.

There were no infected persons in the rural municipality during the first wave of the virus last year. As many as 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the rural municipality this year. Health workers said they were in contact with COVID patients and were counselling them through telephone and face-to-face communication.

Health Coordinator Tek Bahadur Khadka in Badimalika Municipality said that he had been taking information from patients staying in home isolation through telephone. He urged the isolated patients to come to the health facility if they faced difficulty.

Chief District Officer Gopal Adhikari said health workers had been carrying out a very humanitarian task amid the surge in coronavirus cases. He said the prohibitory order was imposed in the district to prevent further spread of the virus. "Both treatment and counselling are needed for patients," he said. There are four COVID hospitals and 65 isolation beds in the district. Two ventilators and ICU beds are available in Bajura District Hospital.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 6, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.