Kohima: With no confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, health and family welfare department deputy director and nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Dr Nyan Kikon informed that so far 2008 persons have been screened at Dimapur airport and that 110 persons are under surveillance.
As of 7:20 pm on Friday, no samples were sent for testing from the state and two persons under quarantine. He also notified that testing laboratories for the state are designated in Guwahati and Dibrugarh. A training on preparedness on COVID-19 was also held with the state trainers on March 11.
Mokokchung administration on COVID-19:
Meanwhile, the Mokokchung District Task Force for Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), as a measure to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19), has restricted movement of all traders from outside the state for the purpose of weekly bazaars at various locations in the district with immediate effect and will remain in force till further order. However, weekly bazaar for traders from within the district will remain open.
It also resolved to maintain entry point surveillance so that travelers coming from other part of the country will be scrutinized about their travel history at the district’s entry point gates. It also said that a poster campaign will be initiated at all the public places.
To create mass awareness, it will also give special emphasis through church programmes. It also decided to impart basic knowledge on preventive measures to the teachers presently undergoing the NISHTHA training at Mokokchung to further sensitize the student in their respective schools as a part of awareness campaign.
Following the state government’s directive, it decided to ensure that shopkeepers and traders mandatorily put on face masks as preventive measures. The district task force also decided to approach the government for thermal sensory equipment to scrutinise travelers at entry points. It notified that all passengers travelling directly from Guwahati into the district through buses shall be monitored by collecting travel history at the police check gates (Tsutapela and Watiyongpang) by the police personnel and that it will monitored by the district surveillance team (COVID-19) on a daily basis.
Furthermore, a sub-committee was also set up to identify suitable location with basic infrastructural amenities to be used as a quarantine centre in eventuality of infection cases in the district. The district’s helpline numbers are 9436006387 and 8837420932.
Kohima District Task Force on COVID-19:
Kohima District Task Force (DTF) for COVID-19 through a review meeting in the deputy commissioner’s office chamber, Kohima on Thursday decided to pursue the restriction of domestic and foreign tourists in the district, at the higher level.
It sought the concerned departments to facilitate the identified Isolation wards with minimum required facilities and to ensure price regulation of surgical masks and hand sanitizer.
The district task force, under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Gregory Thejawelie, decided to inspect the identified hospitals for isolation wards, which include the district hospital Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), Chedema Ayush Hospital, Jakhama Hospital and TB Hospital Khuzama and to check the availability of basic requirement facilities.
Tuensang district on COVID-19:
Tuensang deputy commissioner Kumar Ramnikant also issued directives and advisories which advised the use masks and hand sanitisers. Following the state government’s notice, it issued issued the helpline numbers: Kevethito Rose, EAC Sadar (8787851115), Chullen Chang, OC, Tuensang Police Station (9612128948).
Discouraging mass gatherings, it advised NGOs and other public organizations to either minimize or totally avoid organizing big gatherings and functions unless it is totally unavoidable.
Dimapur district on COVID-19:
Deputy commissioner of Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi, informed that people should compulsorily use masks and hand sanitisers in all public places and that salespersons, shopkeepers and other persons in contact with high number of people should wear masks and all establishments must keep hand sanitisers available for themselves and for public use.
While hoarding and selling of face masks and hand sanitisers at higher prices are to be monitored, the helpline numbers for any query are through EAC, (Sadar), Bendang- 8974796425, Rate Controller Inspector, DMC, Inaka – 9862929908 and Deputy Commissioner’s Office -03862-248530.
Meanwhile, other districts also alerted on COVID-19 directing all its citizens to follow preventive measures and to spread awareness, a DIPR report added.