‘Newly-issued national COVID-19 testing guideline is total nonsense’
As per the rule of thumb, asymptomatic sufferers will probably be launched from quarantine services with out being examined
KATHMU: While the federal government has launched a National Testing Guideline for COVID-19 in opposite to the advice of the World Health Organization to “Test, Test Test”, epidemiologists have slammed the brand new guideline, saying “it’s certainly going to convey a lslide of COVID-19 instances” in Nepal very quickly.
In the brand new guideline launched a couple of days in the past, the federal government has adopted insurance policies which cut back the variety of COVID-19 testing. As per the rule of thumb, one will need to have acute respiratory sickness (fever cough or fever shortness of breath) to endure COVID-19 testing.
“The guideline launched by the federal government is whole nonsense. How can the federal government even consider not testing asymptomatic sufferers when virtually everybody contaminated with the illness within the nation is simply exhibiting delicate signs or no signs in any respect? The new guideline will take the variety of COVID-19 instances to a brand new peak each day,” an epidemiologist at a authorities hospital in Kathmu, informed Republica Online on situation of anonymity.
“In Nepal, other than those that succumbed to the COVID-19 an infection; sufferers have proven delicate or no signs. This means, greater than 95 % of sufferers are asymptomatic. So, testing solely these with signs – fever respiration issue – will assist unfold COVID-19 an infection very quickly,” stated the physician, questioning the federal government’s response to COVID-19.
Likewise, Dr Anup Subedi, a specialist in infectious illnesses, stated that the brand new guideline launched by the federal government is unscientific. “It can convey a giant disaster within the nation,” Dr Subedi tweeted.
The authorities has additionally created a protocol beneath which asymptomatic individuals will probably be launched from quarantine services with out testing. “The COVID-19 asymptomatic sufferers will probably be discharged from the isolation wards with out testing. Also, symptomatic sufferers exhibiting no signs for 3 consecutive days will probably be discharged from the hospital,” in accordance with the brand new guideline.
According to Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, an epidemiologist, releasing asymptomatic individuals from quarantine services with out testing will create a giant drawback. “As quarantine services are less than the stard, releasing asymptomatic individuals will assist unfold the COVID-19 an infection on the neighborhood stage,” he stated.
Dr Pun gave an instance of how releasing asymptomatic individuals with out testing will create an issue. “Suppose 5 individuals have been stored in the identical room. one of many roommates is contaminated. They share the identical washroom come to one another’s contact. The roommates might get contaminated any day. Suppose roommates get contaminated on the 10th day in a quarantine facility. As they don’t present any signs, they are going to be launched after 14 days in a quarantine facility. Those getting the an infection in a quarantine facility might develop signs after going residence. By that point, the contaminated already transfers COVID-19 to his/her members of the family.”
“So that is actually going to extend the variety of COVID-19 infections,” stated Dr Pun.
Even an official on the well being ministry slammed the brand new guideline launched by the federal government. “The new guideline reveals how critically the federal government is battling COVID-19. Even the aides of Health Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal know that the variety of asymptomatic COVID-19 sufferers is excessive in Nepal. But there has all the time been a false impression among the many specialists on the ministry that asymptomatic sufferers won’t unfold the an infection,” stated the official, including that the rule of thumb is unquestionably growing COVID-19 infections within the nation.
Likewise, Sameer Mani Dixit, a public well being professional stated that foreign-returnees are stored at quarantine services to be examined for COVID-19. “The new guideline reveals the seriousness of the federal government. The variety of coronavirus instances is unquestionably growing in Nepal,” Dr Dixit stated, asking, if the federal government will take the duty of the upcoming “COVID-19 catastrophe” in Nepal?