On Wednesday this week, the employees of Takeu Hospital in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu were surprised when they saw big suitcases and bags near some people who came to get the Covid vaccine.
According to the hospital staff, when these people were asked to show their identity cards, these people showed the Indian passport.
Hospital director Sagar Raj Bhandari told BBC Nepali, “From these people we came to know that the Covid vaccine is also being used in this way. It was a case of using the vaccine in a way. We told these people That if I could not give you the vaccine, then they were reluctant to quarrel. Many people pressured us in different ways. “
The Chinese embassy in Nepal has mentioned these provisions on its website, according to which China is giving visas to those people who have got vaccines manufactured in China.
Nepali officials suspect that Indian businessmen doing business with Chinese companies want to come to Nepal and get a vaccine manufactured in China to get a visa.
Although Kovishield and Kovaxine are being manufactured in India, apart from this, the Russian vaccine Sputnik V has also been allowed to be used in emergency situations. Despite this, the vaccine is not available for everyone in India right now.
Dev Chandra Lal Karna, spokesperson of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, said that in recent times a large number of Indians are reaching Kathmandu.
He told, “There is a provision for Indians to go from Nepal to another country, for this no objection certificate has to be obtained. Many Indian travelers now have such certificates.”
At present, there is only one airline between India and Nepal which is providing service with air bubble system. Flight service between Nepal and China also continues.
An increase in the number of NOCs has been registered in the last few days from the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
Between 31 and 19 April in Nepal, people between 40 and 59 years of age are being vaccinated. Apart from this, vaccines are also being given to people going to China for work, business, family reasons or for treatment. The vaccine is also being given to Nepali students studying in Chinese universities.
According to the Nepal government, more than 50 thousand people have been given the vaccine in the first ten days.
Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, Joint Spokesperson of the Department of Health of the Government of Nepal, said, “Earlier we had asked people to show identity cards. Now district health officials are being told in writing that the verification of identity card has been made mandatory. Go. “
However, Nepalese officials said that vaccines will be given to Indian citizens living in Nepal and involved in small businesses.