Advisories and preparedness for COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/13/2020 10:31:45 AM IST
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of virus from spreading further, various advisories and preparedness have been issued to control COVID-19 in the state.
DH&FW issue work place advisories
In addition to the Standard Operating Procedure on disinfection of common public places including offices issued by GOI, the Department of Health & Family Welfare (DH&FW) has requested all concerned to strictly follow the advisories to maintain safe environment at the work place.
According to DIPR report, the following are the advisories issued by the department: No hospital based personnel are to enter the office premises. Instead of physical visits, they are advised to leverage electronic means of communications including webinar. All working places and work stations particularly frequently touched surfaces should be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochloride solutions at least 2-3 times and whenever required. Do not shake hands; do not touch eyes, nose and mouth. Practice hand hygiene by frequently washing with soap and water as well as with hand sanitizers where hand washing facilities are not available.
Practice respiratory hygiene by using handkerchief while coughing & sneezing and avoid random spitting. Everyone “Need not Wear” a mask. Only wear a mask if (a) you have symptoms (Cough, fever or difficulty in breathing), (b) You are caring for a COVID-19 suspect/confirmed patient, (c) You are a health-worker in the health centre, or (d) Need to go to crowded places.
Avoid non-essential travels, crowded places, social gatherings etc. All contaminated items such as used masks, tissue papers etc should be disposed off safely. Adopt healthy lifestyle- proper diet, adequate sleep, exercise and avoid social physical visits instead use electronic means to contact other family and friends as well as avoid smoking, consumption of alcohol and other addictive substances.
Wearing mask mandatory for public of Bhandari
Additional Deputy Commissioner ()ADC Bhandari, Tiameren Chang issued an order on April 13 stating that wearing masks has been made mandatory for the public of Bhandari sub-division, under Wokha district.
According to DIPR report, the directive for prevention and containment of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic comes into immediate effect as Bhandari sub-division is placed on high alert with positive cases having been reported from the neighbouring Golaghat district of Assam.
The ADC also issued directive on regulation on essential commodities with a prescribed quantity permissible for purchase by a family per day for strict adherence by the public.
Mon following graded response approach to prevent COVID-19
With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 cases and taking into consideration the constant vigilance as the need of the hour as its immediate neighbour Assam has reported COVID-19 cases, Mon district administration is following a graded response approach to prevent and contain COVID-19 in the district. 
According to DIPR report, the district administration in its notification stated that the district will be contacting the Active Case Search exercise throughout Mon district from April 13 to 17.
The district administration Mon stated that it cannot ignore the danger that is looming right at their doorstep. “The adoption of the strategy of Active Case Search and contact tracing can significantly supplement the other preventive and control measures aimed at reducing the spread of the disease”, the release said. The district administration also said that the best way to find undiagnosed cases is when a large fraction of the population is diagnosed and tested so as to prevent them from infecting anyone else; this will help break the chain of transmission.
Mon district administration mentioned that, the village or ward will be divided into units of 50 households which will be surveyed by 1 (one) team comprising of two members known as the Active Case Search Group. Anganwadi Workers/ASHAs/ANMs/teachers/ NGOs/volunteers etc. are envisaged to be part a part of the team. 
The Active Case Search Group shall conduct house to house enquiry and fill up the relevant format for the following persons: Who have travel history outside the state during the past 90 days; who have had contact with COVID-19 infected persons; any members in the family having symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing or having hypertension/diabetes/asthma or any other chronic illness; who are above 60 years old, and pregnant women.
It stated that if one is tested positive for COVID-19, the next step would be contact tracing, which is the process of identifying, assessing and managing people who have been exposed to the person confirmed positive for COVID-19. This is critical to prevent transmission. The contacts with whom he/she interacted would be traced and will be kept under observation for a period of 28 (twenty-eight) days (home/institutional quarantine). The aim is to map the contacts to determine the potential spread of the disease.
The notification appealed to the citizens of Mon district to co-operate and provide necessary information to the survey teams.


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