CMO Dmu urges citizens to follow precautions

DIMAPUR, JUL 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/28/2020 1:07:01 PM IST

Dimapur chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Tiasunup Pongener has appealed everyone to observe all guidelines and measures implemented by government agencies, municipal councils, village councils, colony councils, CBOs, FBOs, churches, etc, in order to save Nagaland from any major catastrophe.

Mentioning that the State was entering a crucial stage in its fight against COVID-19, CMO claimed that the government desired to have low morbidity and no mortality. However, he said mortality, especially among the older age group and those with co-morbidity, was increasing and the number of positive cases among the general public too was alarmingly on the rise. 

According to Pongener, investigation and contact tracing was going on and the district CMO team was collecting data on the field, for which public support and cooperation was required. 

He said at this stage the virus transmission could not be stopped completely, but definitely its spread could be controlled and contained to a certain extent so as to buy some time before a vaccine or a definitive and effective drug was developed, which might come in a few months time.

Worried that most of the deaths were linked to persons involved in businesses and shops, which indicated that transmission had occurred in market places and shopping areas, the CMO explained that the lockdown had been imposed at the right time to save everyone from getting infected. 

While everyone was very serious about wearing masks and in observing strict dos and don’ts many months before COVID actually arrived, he observed that after the virus entered the State everybody seems to have become casual and reckless, which is a matter of concern. He warned that if this trend continued, then the State was headed towards a point of no return with devastating after-effects, including loss of many lives. 

The CMO requested all citizens to follow all precautionary measures like social distancing, wearing of masks, practising hand hygiene, use sanitizers, not spitting everywhere, not loitering around, no mass gathering, etc. 

He said if everyone practised these simple fundamentals, then this would go a long way in containing the spread of the virus.


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