Nagaland govt decides to establish biosafety level-2 (BSL-2) laboratory -- the 3rd in state -- in Tuensang district, announces minister Neiba Kronu amid COVID-19 crisis
Kohima: Nagaland minister for planning & coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs Neiba Kronu, who is also the spokesperson, on Wednesday evening announced that the state government has decided to establish a biosafety level-2 (BSL-2) laboratory in Tuensang district.
In a daily briefing, Kronu said that the state government through the medical department will undertake necessary procedures for technical clearance for establishment of the laboratory from the government of India (GoI) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
“The state government has also taken the decision to set up TrueNat testing facility in all the districts of the state,” he informed. TrueNat testings in the state are so far done in Mon and Mokokchung districts.
The first virology laboratory -- BSL-3 laboratory at Naga Hospital in Kohima -- was inaugurated by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on May 21. The BSL-2 laboratory in Dimapur is under construction.
Meanwhile, with five fresh cases on Wednesday, the total number of cases in the state stands at nine. “All the positive persons are undergoing treatment at the designated COVID-19 hospitals and their condition is stable,” he added. Active surveillance and contact tracing is carried out so as to prevent further spreading of the infection.
A total of 1,506 samples have been tested and results of 1,187 samples were received, out of which nine are positive and 319 samples are awaited. The TrueNat testing machine has tested 48 samples and 47 tested negative and the result of one sample is awaited.
An update from the PRO Raj Bhavan said that during a review meeting with chief secretary Temjen Toy, additional chief secretary Sentiyanger Imchen and other state officials on Wednesday, governor RN Ravi stressed the need for more BSL labs in the state. He insisted on improving the conditions of all the district hospitals, which are also the Covid-19 hospitals, it added.
Special train updates:
Kronu informed that a special train from Jaipur carrying about 370 stranded persons of Nagaland will be reaching Lumding at around 7 am on May 28 and the passengers thereafter will be ferried to Nagaland by buses. Another special train is scheduled to move out from Goa on May 29 carrying about 645 stranded persons of Nagaland along with stranded persons of other Northeastern states. This train is expected to arrive in Dimapur on June 1.
He also informed that the special train from Bengaluru to Dimapur which was expected to carry about 1,600 stranded persons of Nagaland and was earlier scheduled to depart on May 28 has been deferred because of unavoidable circumstances.