Women preparing rice at Bethel Kitchen in Kohima Credit: File image

Kohima: Bethel Kitchen, an initiative of the Kohima District Task Force (DTF) which has been functioning like a ‘mini factory’ since June 3 by catering food to the institutional quarantine centres in Kohima in Nagaland, is likely to continue its services till July 31. The decision of the Kohima DTF comes after the food committee requested for an exit plan of the community Kitchen.

In a meeting chaired by deputy commissioner Gregory Thejawelie at his office chamber on Monday, the DTF deliberated on the issue of the Bethel Kitchen when the food committee requested for exit plan of the kitchen as it has been catering food to all quarantine centres in Kohima.

The legislators in-charge of Kohima district, minister for housing & mechanical (PWD) Tongpang Ozukum and adviser for urban development and municipal affairs Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, were part of the meeting.

After a lengthy discussion, the DTF decided that “at this juncture it will not be applicable to replace the committee members or the people involved in the kitchen to run the kitchen smoothly”, an update from the DIPR said.

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DTF meeting in progress on Monday

Appreciating the committee led by Additional Deputy Commissioner HQ & Convenor Food Committee, Limanenla for the tireless efforts and dedication in managing the kitchen so far and for the commendable job in managing the community kitchen, the DTF requested the committee and all the police personnel involved in managing the kitchen to further continue their services and contributions till July 31.

The meeting also reiterated on the honorarium to be given to the police personnel and drivers who are engaged in managing the Bethel kitchen as decided earlier by the Empowered group.

It also deliberated on maintaining only one quarantine centre and also on how it should address the system once the proposed paid quarantine centres is implemented.

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Meanwhile, as per the request of the para military forces to accommodate its personnel returning back to the state for duty at the facility quarantine centres, the DTF decided that Block 21 to 24 be earmarked for the security forces at K Badze Quarantine centre.

As the localities of Daklane, Jotsoma, Keziekie and AG upper colony remain sealed as containment zone, the DC who is also the chairman of the DTF informed that active surveillance is on for early detection to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 infection in all the respective areas and further lauded the medical team for their efforts in this tasks.

Furthermore, chief medical officer (CMO) Kohima Dr Vezokholu informed that the containment zones is for a period of 28 days including 14 days of home quarantine, during which house to house surveillance as per SOP, thermal screening for influenza, fever, cough, diarrhea and other suspected cases will be carried out by the medical teams in all the areas for onward submission of the report to the health agency.

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