There is no doctor even in the only Primary Health Care Center in Narainpur, so there is no question of having a doctor in the quarantine centre. But there are 12 health workers, including one assistant health worker, one nurse, and volunteers.
In the adjoining district of Kailali, Mayor of Godavari Municpality Hari Singh Saud says his 28 quarantine sites already have 2,000 people and they are full up, but there are still 200 people coming in every day.
“To fulfill these criteria set by the government, we will need a bigger budget. The government is just giving instructions, not sending any money, how can this municipality handle this?” asks Saud, who says the city needs minimum facilities for 10,000 people.
Mayor Narula Chaudhary of Ghorahi municpality in Dang has 56 quarantine sites for returnees from India where there were already 1,400 people, eight of whom have so far tested positive for the virus. Chaudhary expects more people arriving as India relaxed its lockdown
In Gadimai Muncipality of Rautahat in the eastern Tarai, the quarantine centres are full with 290 people, and Mayor Shyam Prasad Yadav says he is fed up of people demanding the same facilties as at home. He says: “We have tried to make it as comfortable as possible with the available resources, but they make unnecessary and unrealistic demands, such as mineral water, fish, meat.”
In eastern Tarai distrcit of Jhapa, ward chair Nabin Baral of Mechinagar Muncipality has it slightly better with only 107 people in 20 quarantine centres. He says: “Of course they do not meet international standards. But under the circumstances they are the best we can do.”