Kathmandu: Worldwide, when millions of people stay at home to minimize transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2, health-care workers prepare to do the exact opposite. They will go to clinics and hospitals, putting themselves at high risk from COVID-2019. The government of Nepal has been preparing to mobilize volunteer medical workforce in its efforts for the prevention and control of corona virus infection.
A committee has been made by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), coordinated by Vice-Chair of Medical Education Commission, Mr. Shree Krishna Giri and includes Ministry’s Chief Specialist Mr. Roshan Pokhrel, Joint-Secretary Dr. Gunaraj Lohani, and representative from the Ministry of Education, Mr. Deepak Sharma.
The committee has so far prepared details of over 2,000 medical personnel including 527 doctors and 1,486 nurses who have graduated from several medical colleges and wish to volunteer in the COVID-19 preventive and control efforts.
Earlier, the government had decided to mobilize retired doctors and those who studied on government scholarships in the battle against the virus. They will be mobilized either as volunteers or with minimum facilities for three months.
According to the Ministry, if private sectors wish to join the government service, they will be adjusted in their present working posts and will be mobilized in the campaign against COVID-19.