Health workers in the remote Himali Rural Municipality, Bajura, have started reaching out to households in a bid to provide treatment as well as counselling service to COVID patients.

According to the rural municipality's acting chief administrative officer Raj Bahadur Bhandari, health workers have been mobilised in the villages in view of the increasing cases of people showing symptoms similar to the coronavirus at the community level.

"We have seven wards in the municipality. Health workers are reaching out in every nook and cranny to see if there are any COVID patients and raise awareness regarding the ways to be safe from the virus that has terrorised the folks here to a great extent," said the rural municipality chair Govind Bahadur Malla.

Furthermore, the rural municipality's acting CAO Bhandari said the door-todoor service would benefit the locals who were too scared to go to the health facility to get themselves tested for the virus.

Nanda Rokaya of Himali Rural Municipality-3 said he was happy to see health workers coming to their doorstep to inquire about their health condition. "Locals are elated to see us at their own home. More people are willing to get tested by themselves," said Swarna Singh, a member of the health workers' team.

"We are treating locally to those people who can be treated at home while we are sending them to health post if they can't be treated," she added.

Some 22 health works have been mobilised in the month-long door-to-door campaign. So far, the local level has reported 21 COV- ID-19 cases.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 15, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.