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open-access-imgOpen AccessCOVID 19 and Nepal: Identification of Critical Public Health Measures
Harish Chandra Neupane,
Niki Shrestha,
Shital Adhikari,
Basanta Gauli
Publication year2020
Publication title
journal of nepal medical association
Resource typeJournals
PublisherNepal Medical Association
ABSTRACT The COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding at an unprecedented pace. The unprecedented threat provides an opportunity to emerge with robust health systems. Nepal has implemented several containment measures such as Rapid Response Team formulation; testing; isolation; quarantine; contact tracing; surveillance, establishment of COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre and designation of dedicated hospitals to gear up for the pandemic. The national public health emergency management mechanisms need further strengthening with the proactive engagement of relevant ministries; we need a strong, real-time national surveillance system and capacity building of a critical mass of health care workers; there is a need to further assess infection prevention and control capacity; expand the network of virus diagnostic laboratories in the private sector with adequate surge capacity; implement participatory community engagement interventions and plan for a phased lockdown exit strategy enabling sustainable suppression of transmission at low-level and enabling in resuming some parts of economic and social life.
Subject(s)biology , contact tracing , covid-19 , disease , economic growth , economics , environmental health , geodesy , geography , infectious disease (medical specialty) , isolation (microbiology) , medicine , microbiology and biotechnology , nursing , pace , pandemic , pathology , private sector , public health , surge capacity
Keyword(s) COVID-19 , Nepal , World Health Organization
SCImago Journal Rank0.176

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