PNMF converts its office building to quarantine
Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation, after the COVID-19 outbreak has provided its institution building and other utilities to quarantine stranded people in the Nepal-India border. This includes labor workers, women, children, and elderly people. On 1st April 2020, more than 300 people were stranded in the Sunauli Border area in Western Nepal. With the purpose of helping the needy people during this crisis situation, PNMF offered a four-storied building located in Siddharthanagar, Rupandehi district of Province 5 to the Government of Nepal for quarantine. This comes at a time when the lockdown was enforced both in Nepal and India over fears of the deadly spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Nepal’s Government is still facing huge challenges to make arrangements for the stranded people in the border area.
On 1st April 2020, 156 stranded Indian nationals in Nepal side border were quarantined in the PNMF’s building in Nepal providing all the necessary facilities for 25 days. After the quarantine period, they were sent back to India by the Government of Nepal in coordination with the concerned agencies, and the Government of India. PNMF has continued to support by providing its building and other utilities for the stranded people on the Nepal-India border. The remaining 144 Nepalese nationals on Indian side border were quarantined in Sunauli in India and they have been brought back to Nepal too after the quarantine period.
At present, 73 Indian nationals are quarantined in the building and this support will be continued for battling together against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Hon. Minister Sudarshan Baral, Ministry of Social Development of Province 5, Mr. Hari Adhikari, Mayor of Siddharthanagar Municipality along with other officials, political leaders, social leaders, and the general public greatly appreciated and thanked PNMF for providing support with the building to quarantine stranded people in the Nepal-India border.
PNMF offered its four-storied building located in Siddharthanagar, Rupandehi district to the Government of Nepal for a quarantine facility. This comes at a time when the lockdown was enforced both in Nepal and India over fears of the deadly spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Every day around 1000 to 1500 Indian and Nepalese nationals used to travel to Nepal from India during the lock downstate. Therefore, the collaboration of PNMF with the Ministry of Health, Siddharthanagar Municipality, District Administration Office (Rupandehi district), Nepal Army, and Nepal Armed Police helped thousands of stranded people of the border area to reach their respective destinations or homes. In addition, PNMF also partnered with local organizations to install hand washbasins and water tanks in the holding center. UNICEF also took the initiative to build temporary toilets, install hand washbasins and provide drinking water facilities. Even taking female hygiene into consideration, PNMF distributed menstrual hygiene kits to stranded women and girls who were brought to the holding center.