New Delhi: A day after 175 people from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan returned to Nepal, the Union Ministry of health and family Welfare on Sunday has constituted central teams of experts for the examination of villages bordering Nepal. Also Read - Youths in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City Donate Blood for Coronavirus Patients, Win Praise
“Villages bordering Nepal in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim and West Bengal will be inspected by central teams for community-level Information Education Communication (IEC) activities for Coronavirus in regard to the novel coronavirus,” the Health Ministry said in an order to these states. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Two More Indians on Japanese Cruise Ship Test Positive With COVID-19
To check the villages bordering Nepal, five separate teams of doctors from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital among others have been set up by the Central government. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Phased Release of All Wuhan-return Indians at ITBP Quarantine to Begin on Monday
“The teams will visit the bordering districts of the states allotted to them. The regional director (Ministry of Health) will coordinate with the respective state health departments for the visit of the team to the bordering villages,” the order from the Health Ministry said.
The development comes after the Nepal government on Saturday airlifted its 175 nationals from Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly virus.
As per updates, the deadly virus has claimed 1,660 lives in Wuhan and more than 68,500 positive cases have been reported from the province.
In India, three students were tested positive in Kerala, and one has been discharged from shopital after treatment.
Meanwhile, the health ministry has asked people to refrain from travelling to China in view of the coronavirus outbreak.