The World Health Organisation recently declared the new coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency

Kohima: Amid continuous scare regarding Novel Coronavirus, Nagaland health minister, S Pangnyu, on Saturday said that are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state. He added that 42 persons arriving in the state from China are under surveillance.

Pangnyu said this responding to the calling of attention on matters of urgent public importance at the ongoing 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) session raised by Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang pertaining to measures adopted by the state to detect and control the spread of the deadly virus which has already claimed over 600 lives in China.

While saying that no positive case has been reported, he noted that no samples were tested so far as those under surveillance “have not exhibited any symptoms”. Seven persons have been kept under home isolation, and all those under surveillance including those in home isolation are being monitored regularly, twice a day as per standard protocol, said Pangnyu.

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On the measures and actions being taken, he said that a regular review is carried out by the chief secretary, health minister and the chief minister, and that the state public health emergency operation centre with command centre have been operating since January 28.

“Daily surveillance reports are being dispatched to the Central Surveillance Unit (CSU), ministry of health & family welfare”, he said. The district surveillance units and rapid response teams have also been activated and are on maximum alert and readiness.

He revealed that a total of 25 isolation beds in the public hospitals have been identified and kept ready and that the department is working in close coordination with private hospitals. Personal protection equipment (PPE) for health care providers, N95 masks, hand-held thermal screeners have also been provided.

While the screening of passengers at Dimapur airport started on January 30, he said that advisories on 2019-nCoV is being regularly published in local dailies and social media platforms. He also said that the help desk has been receiving a large number of calls which are being attended as per protocol.

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