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May 25, 2020

PM: COVID-19 testing to be done in 2% population

Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that 2% of the total population of Nepal would be tested for COVID-19.

PM Oli said so while addressing the nation on a state television on Monday. He said the testing will be carried to curb the Coronavirus pandemic for which at least 20 national laboratories of the country will be used.

“Nepal is fighting against the deadly virus in a satisfactory manner” said PM Oli by further adding that his government was working hard to intensify the battle against the virus for which the priority was being given to increasing the quarantine centers by using the empty hotels and resorts in the country. PM Oli also indicated that the government was sensible to stranded migrant workers abroad.

PM Oli’s five tips for a Healthy Nepal

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has suggested people five activities to help build a healthy Nepal.

The five tips suggested by the Prime Minister include to i) have a healthy and balanced diet, ii) use the free time during lockdown to do home-based physical exercise for increasing physical and respiratory efficiency, iii) maintain personal hygiene as well as sanitation of the surrounding, iv) take sufficient rest to remain healthy, and v) maintain high morale, as fear, terror, anxiety and doubts will weaken the fight against diseases.

Pointing out the need to accept the fact that the Corona Virus pandemic may not easily fade away, Prime Minister Oli said, as the experts suggests, the only way to control the pandemic is to remain alert of our personal and food habits.

The only measures available against this virus so far are to maintain social distance and increase one’s immunity. He also said that some items used in the Nepali kitchen are of medicinal value, brought into use by our ancestors thousands of years ago.

These are also contributing to boosting our immunity. “We can save ourselves if we keep our personal and food habits in the right place, and we can defeat Corona. So, let’s think positively,” he said. The government has adopted a policy to run preventive measures by promoting nature-friendly health lifestyle and enhancing the immunity of Nepalis to fight diseases.

Likewise, the government is also committed to use both the preventive and curative measures in post-COVID-19 Nepal health services. Lauding the Nepali people’s high morale and extraordinary immunity, the Prime Minister expressed the confidence that we would defeat the pandemic with high morale and immunity boosted by the various measures taken by the government to combat COVID-19 in the country (RSS).

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