COVID-19: Awareness, meetings, visits continue in state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/11/2020 10:08:59 AM IST

State legislators and other high ranking officials have been visiting quarantine centres in various districts to update on preparedness level. While returnees are being accommodated in quarantine centres, the COVID Hospitals and PHCs are being equipped with more medical facilities to handle the pandemic situation. Meetings are also being conducted by district administrations as most districts are now receiving returnees for quarantine period. Concerned authority is also ensuring that supply of food to quarantine centres for the inmates are well prepared and hygienic. Civil organisations are also extending helping hand by providing food to quarantine centres and to frontline workers.  Meanwhile, the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) teams have been conducting sensitisation programmes on harmful use of tobacco products in relation to spread of COVID-19 through saliva. 

Kiphire District
V. Khashiho visits Amahator PHC/quarantine centre
Minister of Geology & Mining, Soil and Water Conservation, V. Khashiho Sangtam visited PHC and quarantine centre at Amahator town on June 10. According to DIPR report, Khashiho called on people to accept returnees without hesitation and stigmatization. He said this while briefing in respect to inflow of returnees from outside the state. All returnees are youths in the age group of 20 to 30 with most of them asymptomatic. Naga returnees are around 18000, out of which, minimum numbers are students, while majority were serving in the private sectors, companies and industries, who suffered in the event of lockdown. He said that government of Nagaland has been sincere in assisting them financially to address their grievances and presently was engaged in bringing back the returnees who should be accepted without discrimination. He added that the government has been spending huge amount of money in transportation, quarantine centres and in providing essential provisions.
Minister encouraged all the frontline workers to carry out their given duties with zeal and also spread awareness to the inmates at the quarantine centres. Khashiho donated Rs 20,000/- for emergency use and automated hands free sanitiser to the PHC authority. He further stated that the government was ready to help in every way possible. He later visited the institutional quarantine centre established at the Government High School building, Amahator.
In a short speech EAC, Chenithung encouraged the citizens to refrain from “fear psychosis” and added that DTF and civil societies were fully prepared to accommodate the returnees in Kiphire town and on exhaustion of space, returnees would be sent to the institutional quarantines prepared under the district. Addl SP Erie Kajire said all the departments were fully engaged in performing COVID duties. In Kiphire quarantine centres are getting exhausted and more will be set up in GHSS, Mount Shepherd School to accommodate people. He said that the government has institutionalised good quarantine facilities, providing all the food and essential facilities and encouraged the public not to fear.
DTF meeting on COVID-19
The DTF on COVID-19, Kiphire meeting was held at DC conference hall, Kiphire in the presence of minister for Soil &Water Conservation and Geology & Mining, V. Kashiho Sangtam, chaired by the deputy commissioner Kiphire and chairman DTF, Sarita Yadav on June 10. Earlier, minister took stock of the preparedness of the district with matters related to COVID-19. They members of the house deliberated on the prevailing situation and took the following decisions and raised certain matters to the minister: The house in the presence of representatives from all apex hohos of the district decided that as and when the Institutional quarantine capacity saturates at Kiphire HQ, returnees to the district will be accommodated in facilities arranged in the sub- divisions; The house requested the minister to expedite the process of delivering of TrueNat testing machines and cartridges. Also taking into consideration the remoteness of the district and lack of facilities for institutional quarantine, the house appealed to the government to provide additional testing machines and kits to help managed the burden of returnees on available facilities in a timely manner; House further deliberated on the need for expanding quarantine facilities. USBLA Retreat Centre under Longmatra circle was identified by the members as feasible for setting up quarantine facility; Requirements for additional funds to manage works related to COVID-19 pandemic, was taken stock of by the minister; Minister also raised the importance of providing counselling to the wards at the quarantine centres keeping in mind the psychological well being. The chair apprised the house that counselling is being provided to the wards through telephonic means.
ENPO officials visit Kiphire
In the aftermate of the government failure to respond according to the demands placed by Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) on May 28, with regard to the mishandling and mismanagement of Tuensang returnees, ENPO officials led by Setsacho VP had a consultative meeting with United Sangtam Likhüm Pümji (USLP) on June 10 at Kiphire town.  Setsacho in an interaction with USLP officials said that demand placed by ENPO will not be compromised in any manner because what happened in Tuensang was a serious crime that needed to be fixed by taking punitive action against the erring officials. Stating that the visit was to keep the USLP in a loop about the action taken by ENPO so far, he informed USLP that as government failed to respond positively according to the demand placed before the government within stipulated time as set by ENPO, the ENPO approached governor for his intervention which yielded positive outcome. He added that ENPO was invited by state cabinet for a meeting which subsequently took place on June 6 where he stated that ENPO officials told state cabinet that ENPO will not accept the report of Judicial Inquiry Committee (JIC) set up the state government if it was not satisfactory. He said the visit was primarily focused on seeking opinion and suggestions from USLP in the event of government failing to act upon the demand of ENPO and for further course of action. Assuring unflinching support and cooperation towards ENPO, P. Achumse Sangtam general secretary USLP said “USLP will not waver in its support towards ENPO till justice is serve and the wrong remedy against those responsible for Tuensang fascio”.  He added that truth has to be unravelled as to what happened in Tuensang cannot be just washed off at any cost. USLP stated that it will stand resolutely with ENPO for further course of action to be initiated by ENPO in the event of government failure to act positively. Meanwhile visiting ENPO team also called upon deputy commissioner Sarita Yadav, Kiphire and extended appreciation towards the district administration, Police, Medical and all front line workers for their selfless services. The visiting ENPO team also expressed satisfaction towards District Task Force (DTF) for effectively managing and maintaining quarantine centres at Kiphire despite of the limited resource. ENPO also donated Rs. 50,000 to DC Kiphire for management of quarantine centres in Kiphire town. (Correspondent)
Dimapur District
Lotha community Diphupar constructs quarantine huts
Deputy commissioner Dimapur Anoop Khinchi applauded the collective effort of Lotha Baptist Church Diphupar (LBCD) and the Lotha community Diphupar for their commendable initiative in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic specially for preventing community transmission.
According to DIPR report, visiting the ongoing construction of quarantine centre located near LBCD on June 11, Anoop said he was impressed with the quarantine huts measuring 10 by 8 with traditional Naga touch, proper electrification, stand fans in each hut, and full floor carpeting of the huts. DC further observed that a kind of bench made of bamboo and placed outside each hut with a separate toilet and bathroom for each quarantinee which has been set in place would be the perfect and comfortable home for the inmates.  He even suggested that later on, the huts could be utilised for the visiting tourists for income generation as well as promoting rural tourism.
DC while appreciating the church and Lotha community Diphupar also donated mask and assured to provide disinfectants for spraying in the quarantine area. 
During an interaction with DC Dimapur, the chairman of Lotha community Diphupar, Zuchumo Mozhui said that returnees after completion of 14 days quarantine in institutional government quarantine centres has been advised for home quarantine for 14 more days for the safety of all. However, Mozhui shared that in some cases home quarantine were not found conducive due to the presence of elderly man/woman, pregnant women, children and absence of separate rooms, toilets, bathrooms. Therefore, under the directive of Diphupar Village Council all the respective communities were asked to set up QC for such cases as a preventive measure for community transmission and for which Diphupar Lotha community along LBCD initiated the project with generous donations from Diphupar Lotha Church/community members.
Diphupar Lotha community COVID-19 convenor, Zuben Patton informed that around 15 returnees  from Diphupar Lotha community were expected as per the list. So far 5 huts with separate toilets and bathroom facility was almost completed and within 2 days it would be fully ready, Zuben informed. With the generous contribution by the community members action plan has been going smoothly and more huts would be constructed as there was enough space, as the LBCD had generously given permission for using the church land. All construction works are undertaken by the Lotha community members where work distribution has been allotted sector/colony wise. Diphupar Lotha Students and Diphupar Lotha Youth were on the job on June 11 when DC inspected the centre. GB Diphupar Lotha Colony, Thechamo Ngully while expressing concern about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, appealed to one and all for extending cooperation to the district administration and all frontline workers in the fight against Coronavirus. The initiative of Diphupar Village Council for  preventing community transmission by directing the different communities under Diphupar to check the feasibility of home quarantine and to take up alternative arrangements qualifying all criteria/ protocols of QC clearly indicates their commitment for fighting the pandemic unitedly.
4 beds vacant at COVID hospital Dimapur
Presently, 84 COVID-19 cases are admitted at the 100 bedded capacity at COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur, out of which 60 are male and 24 female. 
According to DIPR report, with the occupation of 84 beds, six reserved for paediatric cases and six being ICU beds, vacant status of COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur remains at four beds according to reliable resources. 12 positive cases admitted at COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur tested negative for the second time. They were recovered and shifted to Tourist Lodge Dimapur. TrueNat, commissioned on June 8 at Dimapur is being manned 24x7 by nine lab technicians who have been trained by pathologists from ICMR. Meanwhile two COVID-19 positive cases (husband and wife), who were kept in isolation unit Dimapur have been shifted to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) Wednesday evening by ambulance on humanitarian grounds. The couple were asymptomatic and were found fit to travel and had to be shifted as the wife, a cancer patient had a primary problem in need of urgent medical attention with NHAK having a cancer unit. 
Mon District
Changlangshu PHC receives new medical equipments
Changlangshu Primary Health Centre (PHC) has been installed with newly purchased medical equipments on June 11. A press release from village health committee (VHC), Changlangshu chairman Pongchai Konyak stated that a brief dedication programme was conducted by Khozang, pastor, Changlangshu Baptist Church, in the presence of Kaiba Konyak, MO and the village council members. The listed equipments are CBC blood analyzer, chemical analyzer, portable ultrasound machine, OT table and OT lamp were purchased by the Changlangshu village council and the village health committee, through the facilitation of Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS), Longpang. Changlangshu VHC also thanked the department of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima and the ECS, Longpang for supporting the PHC staff under HCL Grant.
Chen conducts COVID-19 preparedness meeting 
Awareness and preparedness strategy on COVID-19 meeting was held between C.L. John, MLA 45th A/C Tehok with officers of Chen Hq CASU and Konyak Union Chen branch president on June 10 at SDO (C) complex Chen town. 
According to DIPR report, the MLA called urged the gathering not to panic and also not to take the pandemic lightly while urging the public to strictly follow guidelines. He also requested them to cooperate with authorities while fighting. BDO, Yae-i, who is also the official in-charge of three quarantine centres at Chen town said that despite shortcomings in transportation and communication, three quarantine centres have been set up with minimum basic facilities. Meanwhile, chairman of the meeting, SDO (C) Chen Samuel Konyak stated that there was no COVID-19 case in Chen area and acknowledged Chen Town Students’ Union (CTSU) and public for their initiative and helping in constructing fencings in quarantine centres at Chen town and Chenwetnyu village and for contributing one bamboo each from every household.  Further, he expressed gratitude to the officers of Chen Hq. for voluntarily contributing monetary help for constructing three toilets, water connections and their storages, pits for wastes, power connections and other basic amenities in QCs along with concerned departments. 
Kohima District
Domestic violence and other cases registered during lockdown
Apart from the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, Nagaland is also going through various issues like domestic violence, cybercrime, distress, and mentally unsound cases. Interacting with section of media persons at civil secretariat, state coordinator State Resource Center (SRC) for women Gracy Aye, said there were 30 various cases received during the lockdown period, from March 30 to May 31.
Aye said it has received over 488 calls at Women Helpline-181 during the COVID-19 lockdown period where in Dimapur there were two cases of missing/runaway, five cases distress, two cases of mentally unsound, and three cases of harassment.
Kohima recorded one case of distress, Longleng has two cases of domestic violence, Mokokchung one case each of domestic violence and distress, Mon district has two cases of domestic violence and one cybercrime case. Also Peren district has two cases of domestic violence and one case of harassment while Phek district has one each case of child sexual abuse, distress and harassment, Tuensang has one case of cybercrime and Wokha has one each case of domestic violence, missing/runaway and cybercrime. Kiphire and Zunheboto are the only two districts that did not have any cases during this lockdown period.
Aye said Nagaland was one state that has successfully established One Stop Centre (OSC) in all the districts and functioning well. She said the objective of Sakhi One Stop Centre was to provide integrated support and assistance to affected women affected and to facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services to fight against any forms of violence against women.
Aye said OSC provides services like emergency response and rescue service, police and medical assistance, shelter, phycho-social support, counselling, legal aid and video conferencing facility. 
According to Aye, OSC has recorded more than 300 cases since inception where over 100 cases were related to domestic violence and even during this lockdown period, the OSC got over 30 cases related to domestic violence.
She reminded that children get affected adversely because when the mother or wife is harassed the child is also affected. She said there are schemes to provide during the time of crisis and basing on the cases they are taken care of accordingly.  (Correspondent)
NDRF sanitisation drive at Raj Bhavan
A sub team of 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh, stationed at 4th NAP Thizama, conducted sanitisation drive at the premises of Raj Bhavan Kohima, on June 11. A press release from 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh state that sub inspector, K. P. Singh (team leader) and sub inspector W L Odyuo, with team conducted fumigation drive, spraying sodium hypochlorite water mixed solution in all surroundings of Raj Bhavan, fully equipped with their protective equipments. UCRC Kohima provides food to frontline workers and hospitals: Union Christian Revival Church (UCRC), New Market road in Kohima distributed food to the COVID-19 designated hospitals and also served tea and snacks to the police persons and volunteers on the roadside on June 11. A press release from UCRC Kohima state that, packed food were delivered to the medical team, security personnel and COVID-19 positive patients in COVID-19 designated hospitals, namely Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima and Ayush Hospital, Chedema. UCRC pastor Zhabu Gwirie appreciated all the frontline workers and encouraged the people not to panic, but to pray to God in faith. He also appreciated the churches for positively responding and contributing their services during these pandemic times. 
Longleng District
Returnees arrive at Longleng 
17 returnees, 10 females and seven males arrived at Longleng from Dimapur on June 9 and received at Yingli quarantine centre by district administration, police and medical team at around 5 p.m. According to DIPR report, after registration and screening, the returnees were sent to their respective rooms where they would spend a period of 21 days institutional quarantine. Through medical team, MSK-DLCW & DTF BBBP Longleng provided emergency kits to the returnees. Meanwhile, six inmates at Yingli quarantine centre in Longleng were discharged after completion of 21 days of institutional quarantine as the results of discharged inmates had tested negative. Results of 85 samples are further awaited.
Phek District
TrueNat testing laboratory inaugurated at DH Phek
TrueNat testing laboratory at District Hospital (DH), Phek was inaugurated by chief medical officer (CMO) Phek, Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfuo on June 11. A press release from NHM Phek district media officer, Kutolu Nakro stated that, Dr. Mepfuo expressed gratitude to the department for setting up testing facility at Phek district which was the need of the hour to fight against the current pandemic. Short briefing on the machine and testing guidelines was done by Dr. Rongsen while dedicatory prayer was pronounced by Phek Town Baptist Church pastor Thepucuyi Khesoh. The lab was inaugurated in the presence of representatives from civil bodies of Phek town. 
Mokokchung District
DTCC Mokokchung visits quarantine centre
District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) Mokokchung visited quarantine centre and hospital at Impur Mission Centre (IMC) on June 11. A press from chief medical officer (CMO) office stated that the team raised awareness on spitting, smoking and chewing of tobacco products by providing IEC posters at the quarantine centres for the inmates to paste in their respective rooms. Further, Dr. Taliwaba, district nodal officer National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Mokokchung, gave a briefing about “Tobacco use and its effects relating to COVID-19” at Impur Hospital and quarantine centre. The team also provided 100 mosquito repellent, 50 tissue rolls and 5 dustbins for quarantine centre use.
Local markets flourishing in Mangkolemba
Various programmes and initiatives such as establishment of SHGs and use of modern-equipped machines for farming and distribution of saplings among farmers in Mangkolemba sub-division has been encouraging groups, individuals and farmers for economic activity during the pandemic, under the leadership of A. Temsu Aier, SDAO, Mangkolemba. A press release from Japukong Union Mangkolemba (JUM) president Tinuniken and secretary Tongpangrepba stated that a weekly bazaar was currently set up at Mangkolemba under A. Temsu Aier’s initiative thereby promoting the platform for organic products to be sold, proving to be beneficial for consumers as well as vendors. The press release stated that the community presently has a great access to locally grown food and that the initiative has boosted the local economy. The people who were solely dependent on other states for food are now starting to be self sufficient as economic activity is taking a new turn with the department making ways for the locals to understand the benefits of local markets. Further, it stated that the initiative has unfolded opportunities for different groups, individuals and farmers in the sub-division and made people realize the importance of self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, JUM extended its gratitude to SDAO and staff for aiding the locals to be the direct beneficiaries.


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