Constant vigil on preventive measures against COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/9/2020 8:31:06 AM IST

Preventive measures and preparedness in the eventuality of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the state is continuously being carried out by the government agencies and various civil organisations for the benefit of the citizens. Visits, meetings, special drive for farmers, helplines, advisories and orders are the routines being conducted across the state. Public are time and again reminded to adhere to government guidelines even if there are some relaxations as the world is not yet free from the pandemic. Meanwhile, volunteers in various districts are producing face masks for distribution to the citizens and frontline workers to combat the virus. Hospitals, pharmacies, shops and other public places are also fully equipped with hand wash stands and soap for hygiene purposes. 

Mokokchung District
Horticulture special drive: COVID 19 Horticulture special drive was held, Saturday, under the theme, “Grow More! Produce More! Earn More!”, at the Commissioner’s Rest House Mokokchung. While delivering his speech, additional secretary, directorate of Horticulture, Zarenthung Ezung stated that there was a looming threat to food security due to the COVID 19 pandemic, affecting crop cultivation and food supply chain. Fortunately, he said that Nagaland is blessed with natural resources, fertile land with abundant rain and favourable climate, suitable for any type of crop. Zarenthung called upon the farmers to grow more and produce more to make Nagaland a self-sufficient state in horticultural crops. The secretary stated that the main purpose of the special drive was to collect TADAs, first hand from the grassroot for further policy making in cultivation. Earlier, short speeches were delivered by deputy directors Bongti Konyak and Meyasashi while vote of thanks was proposed by the Dr. Imchalemla. Introductory note was delivered by DHO Mokokchung, Imotemjen. (Correspondent)
Mokokchung DTF COVID-19 mask project: Under the initiative of Mokokchung District Task Force (DTF) COVID-19 mask project, and funded by the citizens of Mokokchung district, washable cotton face masks were distributed to all the villages and Kobulong town under EAC Kobulong block after a small programme at EAC office, Kobulong on May 9. 
A press release from Mokokchung DTF stated that, the masks were stitched by volunteers and SHGs under NSRLM Kobulong block, wherein a total of 6077 masks were completed in two weeks under the project. Kubolung is now the first sub-division in the district to receive free washable cotton masks to all its citizens. Villages under Kobulong circle include Sungratsu, Mopungchuket, Chami, Longpa, Longjang, Khanimo, Yimchalu, Kobulong town and Impur Mission Centre.
Sentilong Ozukum, EAC Hq Mokokchung and nodal officer for the masks project and EAC Kubolong, Kupeusing Meru thanked all the SHGs, volunteers and managers, NRLM for coordinating with the SHGs and supporting the mask campaign in the circle. Sentilong further stated that a total of more than 30,000 washable cotton masks have been completed so far in the district and they would be further distributed circle wise in phase. The mask project is aimed to produce a total number of 2 lakhs mask covering the entire district of Mokokchung with an estimated budget of Rs 25 lakhs.
Field monitoring of FAW: A triangulate team comprising of the district agriculture office, KVK and ATMA, Mokokchung have been visiting and monitoring fields in different villages under Mokokchung district.
A press release from district agriculture officer & PD ATMA stated that, DAO-KVK-ATMA team have been undertaking pest surveillance and monitoring round ups in the entire FAW incidence reported villages. 
During the field monitoring visits, nature of damage, life stage of the pest and levels of damages are ascertained before recommending any remedial solutions. Meanwhile, inputs such as emmamectin benzoate and IPM kits were distributed to the affected maize growing farmers, while rodenticides (roban cake) were distributed to cucumber growing farmers for rodent. So far, reports of FAW infestation was received from villages Yimchalu and Mopungchuket under Kobulong block, Khensa, Kinunger and Mangmetong under Ongpangkong South block, Ungma and Mokokchung village under Ongpangkong North block only.
Research experts and extension functionaries have been working to further disseminate FAW awareness and management advisories to farmers through various media. 
Tuensang District
318 stranded locals transported: 318 stranded locals have been transported to respective districts and sub-divisions from Tuensang. 
According to DIPR report with the government allowing for inter districts movement of stranded locals due to COVID-19 lockdown, the Tuensang district administration has transported more than 318 passengers comprising of local indigenous students, daily wage earners and others from Tuensang to other districts and sub-divisions from May 7 to 9. On May 7, 30 stranded passengers were ferried from the district of  bus each to Dimapur with 21 and Kohima with 7 and 2 passengers to Mokokchung in the first batch. The buses and passengers received on the first day were, 4 buses from Dimapur to Tuensang, 2 to Noklak, 1 to Shamator and 7 buses from Kohima to Tuensang have been received and monitored. Sent out from the district are as follows: Noklak to Kohima 5 passengers; Noklak to Dimapur 13; Tuensang to Kohima 18; Tuensang to Dimapur 51; Tuensang to Mokokchung 3; Shamator to Dimapur 6; Tuensang to Wokha 4; Tuensang to Thronger village 5; Mangangkhi village 1; Noklak with 48 passengers were transported. On May 9, 5 buses with 35 passengers from Tuensang to Dimapur, 1 bus with 9 passengers from Tuensang to Kohima, 1 bus with 39 passengers from Tuensang to Noklak and 1 bus with 13 passengers from Tuensang to Shamator have been transported. A dedicated facilitation cell which has been set up at DC office Tuensang with SDO (C) as nodal officer along with EAC HQ, Puhan and SS NST S. Meju as members has monitored the whole process.
Tuensang Task Force visits quarantine centres: Tuensang Task Force for COVID-19 Shamator led by Lankonsen Tsanglao ADC, visited quarantine centres in Shamator HQ.
DimapuR District
Visit of MD to CMO office Dimapur: Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru, mission director (MD), NHM Nagaland visited CMO office Dimapur and held a meeting with officers and NHM staff on May 7.
A press release from DPMU Dimapur stated that, Dr. Kevichusa expressed that the main issue faced by the department was the influx of travelers, mainly Nagas stranded in other states. While stating that Dimapur being the first point of entry for most of them, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru pointed out that Dimapur was the most vulnerable, not only for COVID-19 virus but also for various other diseases. In this regard, he urged all the health workers to strictly follow the SOP, whereby a cordial working environment must, therefore, be developed so as to work as a team and to work with understanding of each other’s need. He also enquired about the materials and other medical supplies sent to the district and that more medicines can be indented if required and also to return any sub-standard materials or drugs sent to district so as to return them to the suppliers.  Dr. Kevichusa also emphazied on the importance of providing essential health services to the public and urged the staff to continue with immunization, ANC checkups, institutional delivery, VHND, etc in villages. 
He also urged the programme officers to continue providing their services to the public and urged all staffs to be at their place of posting. He also reiterated that the medical staff at the periphery will be called on duty to headquarter as and when the situation demanded.
Earlier, Dr. Kevichusa also visited COVID-19 Hospital and held interaction with the staff, whereupon he urged the hospital to increase isolation ward so as to ensure that other patients besides COVID-19 were also cared for. 
H&F welfare launch Tele health line: Department of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) has launched toll free “Tele health line”, where citizens can speak to doctors directly for advice. A press release from H&FW, stated that COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented situation, as a result of which many hospitals were converted to COVID hospitals, private hospitals and clinics, not running at full capacity, and also due to restriction imposed on movement because of lockdown, many people have been facing problems related to COVID or health issues. During this crisis, ignorance and misinformation could lead to dangerous situation. In view of this, H&FW department has enrolled doctors working in the state, both in government and private set up and also Naga students, who were currently pursuing post graduate or working outside the state, as they have come forward to render their voluntary service. Implementation officer, Dr C Tetseo, encouraged citizens to make good use of the facility. It stated that one can call at 18003450019 to speak with doctors directly or get call back from them, either in English or Nagamese, depending on IVR option chosen. 


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