Kohima: Nagaland continues to record CODIV-19 cases every day; however, the state has not reported any community transmission so far.
All 128 persons, who tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, are returnees from outside the state.
Dr Vizolie Suokhrie, principal director of health & family welfare, told journalists that all measures are being taken to ensure that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in the state. The government has made it mandatory for all returnees to undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days.
Despite the testing capacity of around 300 samples per day, all returnees to the state are being tested. If tested negative and found asymptomatic, they released to undergo another 14 days of home quarantine.
As on Tuesday, 4732, samples have been sent for testing, out of which 128 were tested positive.
While 5,922 persons are under facility quarantine, 7,870 persons are under home quarantine. The health and family welfare department assured that all returnees are monitored by geofencing facility for 28 days through the nCOVID-19 Nagaland visitors App—which monitors the movement of a person within 20 metres of the registered location, besides regular health updates.
As most of the active cases in the state are asymptomatic and few with mild symptoms, Suokhrie reiterated that there is a need to shift the patients to COVID-19 care centres. The COVID-19 hospitals will admit only severe cases. Another health official highlighted that few quarantine centres can also be converted to COVID-19 care centres but will require an upgrade on the PPEs used by the “caregivers”.
Meanwhile, Suokhrie also pointed that it is important for the returnees to obey the quarantine protocols and at the same time be ‘truthful’ while providing their personal details to avoid mismanagement. He said this in regard to the COVID-19 patient who was sent to Peren district along with other 16 co-passengers before testing positive.
As reported earlier, Suokhrie informed that the government is trying to set up Covid care centres for asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19, and will activate such centres as and when the situation arises. “We are preparing plans and will activate as per the load of the cases,” he informed.