Itanagar: Following the report of an asymptomatic COVID-19 positive case of an army medical officer of MH Dahung the day before in the district, the Singchung Sub-division and Health department swung into action to work out modalities and further course of action for management of the patient and areas to be contained.
DMO Dr D Wange briefing on the sampling process and the SOPs in place clarified that the containment of the villages/ areas of primary/ secondary contacts is not required since the infection has not been acquired/identified in the Chindit Top but was acquired from outside having travel history. All the known high-risk contacts were taken into facility quarantine and surveillance of the remaining contacts would be carried out, and further contact tracing should be continued, he added.
Maj. Chetan Salunkhe, 605 EME, and also the Army In charge for quarantine assured that the quarter/residence of the positive case along with the whole block comprising of four houses had been sealed and contained. Every mechanism for monitoring the contained zone is in place. Further, the waste materials of the contained zone are disposed of as per bio-medical waste management SOP, he added.
However, DSO Dr SK Thungon taking serious note of the casual approach of the positive case in particular, and the army quarantine team, in general, urged the army authorities to be very cautious and follow the SOPs in the strictest of terms in future.
On inquiry by ADC Suraj Gurung regarding whereabouts of the other two positive cases, the army authorities informed of them having been shifted to 405 Field Hospital Rupa. It was also informed that line listing and contact tracing of the two cases was under process.
ADC Gurung directed the army doctors for coordinating, sharing, and updating information on all issues related to COVID-19 with the civil administration without fail.
Among others, Circle officer Gamjar Doke, SMO PHC Singchung, Dr Vivek Paliwal, SMO, Capt (Dr) Ayush Sharma, RMO 14 BRTF, Rapid Response Team of Singchung and officers of Singchung Sub-division attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Karma Leki has issued an advisory for the civilians to avoid going to the Tenga Army Cantonment area especially to the 405 Field Hospital, Birpur, 181 MH area, and Chindit Top Army Cantonment area. Civilians have been advised not to stop within the Army Cantonment areas while plying their vehicles on the BCT road for any purpose. Visit Army CSD canteens, Tenga Hut shopping complex, and army shopping complexes have also been banned until further orders. Further, spitting in public places has been strictly prohibited, and the wearing of the mask has been made mandatory.