Darchula faces shortage of Covid-19 vaccines

NL Today

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Kathmandu: The District Administration Office, Darchula, has issued an order for the general people to carry vaccination cards along with them from January 20.

Although the Office, issuing a seven-point order, asked them to carry the vaccination card with them or to show in mobile phone mandatorily, there is a shortage of vaccines in the district.

All the vaccination centers in the district are found running out of stock on Thursday. Information Officer at the Health Office, Khagendra Karki, said, “We have demanded vaccines and they will be available in the district within a couple of days. Only 77 percent of people have administered vaccine in the district so far.”

The order issued by Chief District Officer, Dirgha Raj Upadhyay, has restricted gathering of more than 25 people at public places and operation of political, social, religious programs and festivals.

In the case of a ‘necessary’ program, one should take permission from the District Administration Office and strictly follow the health protocols.

The District Administration has put in place restrictions such as the public vehicles are not allowed to carry passengers more than the stipulated seats and wearing masks is mandatory. Similarly, citizens entering the district from different parts of India and other districts within the country will have to stay in home quarantine under the supervision of the Health Section of the local levels.

Darchula has reported 17 fresh cases. The infection is mostly found in the Nepali migrant workers returning from India while carrying out tests for the infection at the border point.

The tests are conducted at Pulghat and Jaulajibi checkpoints of Darchula bordering India. Chief District Officer Upadhyay said that the health screening has been made strict at the border checkpoints in view of the soaring cases of the Omicron variant infection in India.