Since Tuesday, 23 March, Nepal is in lockdown to avoid a spread of the Corona virus. So far, Nepal has only two active confirmed cases, but just as in other countries, there probably are many unidentified cases, partly because many Nepalese migrant workers have returned to Nepal over the past weeks. Already two weeks ago, PHASE Nepal set in motion a contingency plan and bought masks and other safety equipment which has been sent to the remote project villages. PHASE staff has been informed of safety measures and are now able to advise those at risk and check recent returnees – mostly migrant workers from India and the Gulf – for fever and other symptoms.
Staff at the Kathmandu office is working at home and are in continuous contact with staff in the villages.
All PHASE supported health centers have backup medicines for at least six months. In Bajura and Mugu, a hospital and a school are being prepared for emergency isolation. Group gatherings – e.g. mothers’ groups, trainings – have been suspended for the moment.