Govt strengthens surveillance, containment measures against possible spread of COVID-19; group of students returning from Delhi by train to be tracked on arrival, says health minister Alo Libang
Naharlagun: Arunachal Pradesh health minister Alo Libang on Monday conducted an emergency meeting at the directorate of health services in Naharlagun to take stock of preparedness and strategies adopted for cluster containment of any cases of coronavirus or COVID-19, if and when detected in the state.
The meeting, among others, was attended by Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) director Dr Moji Jini, institute dean Dr P Jaykumar, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme’s (IDSP) state surveillance officer Dr L Jampa and other officials of the health department.
Updating the minister on the present scenario in the state in regards to the virus, Dr Jampa said that no case of COVID-19 has been detected in Arunachal so far. Dr Jampa also assured that the state has strengthened all surveillance and containment measures against the possible spread of the virus.
The health department has, meanwhile, shared the list of passengers from Arunachal Pradesh who have returned from COVID-19-affected countries, as shared by the government of India, during the meeting.
As per the release, of the total 12 passengers who have returned from COVID-19-affected countries, the medical condition of two persons who are currently in Arunachal and six others who are out of the state is ‘asymptomatic’ (producing or showing no symptoms).
The ones present in Arunachal have been kept in home isolation while the respective state surveillance units are tracking the six people who are out of the state, the release said.
In regards to the condition of remaining four passengers, the release said their condition is being tracked by the respective district surveillance units.
It was also informed that screening for a group of students who are returning from Delhi to Arunachal on a special train would be done on their arrival.