Security personnel authorised to open fire at Covid-19 patients if they flee isolation wards

The District Crisis Management Centre has directed security personnel in Parsa to open fire at coronavirus patients if they try to leave the isolation ward at coronavirus hospitals.

A meeting chaired by Parsa Chief District Officer Bishnu Kumar Karki on Thursday evening also directed security personnel to remain highly vigilant on their watch. Lalit Kumar Basnet, the assistant chief district officer, said: “Security personnel are allowed to use force to prevent infected people from fleeing hospitals and isolation wards. They even have the right to open fire if necessary.”

The decision came on the heels of an incident on Wednesday when two persons who tested positive for Covid-19 left the isolation ward of Narayani Hospital in Birgunj through the bathroom. According to the hospital, the duo sneaked through the ventilator and escaped the facility. Birgunj Police later brought them back to the isolation ward.

The meeting also directed the Narayani Hospital to arrange for additional isolation beds. As a temporary measure, the meeting decided to set up an isolation ward at Siddhartha Secondary School to keep Covid-19 patients with minor symptoms.

Meanwhile, the district’s Crisis Management Centre has decided to enforce the curfew more strictly. The Centre has also pledged to manage more quarantine facilities as the cases in the district keep on rising.

According to Basnet, anyone who plans to stay at a quarantine of their choice would be allowed to do so, but with proper security regulations and criteria mandated by the district administration.

The meeting also decided to manage a quarantine centre for those who have provided samples for testing but are not yet quarantined. A task force will be formed to trace the contacts of freshly infected patients. The task force includes representatives from the District Health Office, Nepal Army, Police and respective local units.

The meeting also decided to authorise the Immigration Office to issue vehicle passes since Raxaul is a major gateway to Nepal from India and dozens of carriers pass it with essential goods every day. The provision would help ease the transportation of essential goods (Copied from the Kathmandu Post)

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