All returnees will be tested for COVID-19 and only after declaration of results, they will be sent to their respective districts, be it positive or not, says Nagaland govt
Kohima: Nagaland government on Wednesday notified that all stranded persons returning to the state will be tested for COVID-19 after which the returnees will be sent to the respective districts from Kohima and Dimapur, only after the results of the tests are made available -- including those who test positive for COIVD-19.
“Even positive cases will be returned to their respective districts as each district has established COVID-19 hospitals. Positive cases will be transported to respective districts following all safety procedures and norms,” informed Nagaland minister for planning & coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs Neiba Kronu, who is also the spokesperson.
A letter issued by principal secretary home, Abhijit Sinha to the deputy commissioners of Kohima and Dimapur on Wednesday notified four points to be complied in regard to the inter district transfer of returnees from other states to Nagaland.
The returnees bound for other districts, who are being initially quarantined at the quarantine facilities in Dimapur and Kohima shall be sent to their respective districts only after conducting the COVID-19 tests on them and after obtaining the results.
The health & family welfare department shall inform the status of the tests of the returnees to the Kohima and Dimapur 'District Task Force on time and the districts will make the travel plan accordingly, it said.
It informed that there should be proper coordination between the sending and the receiving districts along with arrangements for necessary refreshments en route, if required. The project directors, DRDA of the districts falling on the way may be assigned with proper instructions for making the arrangements for the refreshments / food.
The plans for sending the returnees to their districts should be prepared at least one day in advance with proper intimation to the concerned minister/advisors who have been assigned districts to monitor vide chief minister's office order No. CMN / 34 (AMH & FW / 2020 Dated, 25th March, 2020, the war room and the empowered group for better coordination, it added.
As reported earlier, a patient along with 150 other Chennai returnees were released from the quarantine centre in Kohima on Tuesday and had reached Tuensang on Wednesday morning, before the result of the patient was declared positive.
When EastMojo contacted the health department, the nodal officer informed that he was “not privy” of the returnees being sent to Tuensang before the results were declared.
Health minister S Pangnyu had tweeted that five fresh cases were reported in the state on Wednesday, out of which four were from Dimapur and one from Kohima. He, however, took to Twitter again to clarify that the patient from Kohima was an “inbound” passenger to Tuensang who is currently under treatment at the district’s COVID-19 hospital.
Nagaland, as on Wednesday, reported nine active cases of COVID-19 out of which six are treated in Dimapur, two in Kohima and one in Tuensang. The state has also announced that a Bio-safety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory will be set up in Tuensang. All districts will also be provided with TrueNat testing facilities.