Kavre, February 13
The common cold and viral fever that has spread at Gumbagaun of Jugal Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchowk over the last four days is being brought under control.
Villagers at Gumbagaun are in fear as patients are showing coronavirus like symptoms. As many as 320 locals have fallen ill due to flu in the past one week.
According to District Public Health Office Chief Durga Datta Chapagain, the flu that has spread in Gumbagaun is gradually being brought under control. He said coronavirus had been ruled out after primary investigation. He added four health workers, including two experts, today returned from the flu-affected area after taking samples.
The team of health workers reached the affected area after the rural municipality wrote to the health and population ministry asking for help. He informed that the report of tested samples would confirm whether patients had coronavirus infection.
As many as 290 locals got their health checked last evening while more than three dozen got their health checked today. Chapagain said incidence of common cold, cough and fever had gone down after health workers provided medicines to patients.
The condition of a minor suffering from flu is also improving. Ward 3 Chairman Sanu Kanchha Tamang said that some of the patients were cured by today and had gone back to work.
Health workers deployed from Jalbire Health Post, Gumba Community Health Unit, Gumba Health Post, and health organisations of the rural municipality are treating patients. A team of health workers from district hospital distributed medicines and masks to 400 locals.
A version of this article appears in print on February 14, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.