COVID-19 Hospitals, quarantine centres, advisories and appeals

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/1/2020 10:58:19 AM IST

District hospitals have been designated as COVID-19 Hospitals in various places along with special quarantine centres in preparedness to combat the outbreak of coronavirus in the state. Legislators and other officials have been inspecting and taking stock of the respective level of preparedness in the districts. 

Y. Patton visits Wokha district COVID-19 Hosptial: Deputy chief minister Y Patton, in-charge of Home and Roads & Bridges, Mhathung Yanthan, advisor of Horticulture & Border Affairs along with Dr. Chumben Murry, MLA, accompanied by various district administrative officials, inspected Dr. Motsuo Memorial District Hospital, Wokha COVID-19 Hospital, GHSS-Quarantine Ward, Christian Medical Centre for in-house patients, Vankhosung. 

A press release from DyCMO media cell stated that, during their inspection, legislators’ in-charge for Wokha district for monitoring and implementation of COVID-19, Y. Patton took stock of the situation and preparedness for tackling the containment of COVID-19 in Wokha district. The team also interacted with the chief medical officer and doctors and staff for effective measures and control of COVID-19 during the lockdown period. 

Y Patton and Mhathung Yanthan who is also in-charge  for Wokha district along with Dr. Chumben Murry held a short consultative meeting with the district administration, police and health workers at DC conference hall, Wokha. During the consultative meeting, Patton took note of various grievances including lack of basic health amenities and facilities encountering by the health workers to fight against the dreaded virus. He assured to take up the matter to the state government for necessary action. Patton appreciated the preparedness level by the district administration, Police, and Medical department and media fraternities for their constant efforts and sacrifices for all the citizens in order to contain the COVID-19. Patton also urged and encouraged all the allied departments and frontline workers to do justice. 

Patton also contributed some preventive kits comprising of 4000 face masks and about 1500 hand sanitizers and also donated cash for providing logistic support to the district administration for immediate requirements towards containment of COVID-19 in Wokha district. Patton also assured that more protective gears will be distributed from the government sector as well. He also appealed the general public to stay away from rumors and fake news as state and central government along with the department of Health and Family Welfare will update information to COVID-19 issues. 

Legislators visit health centres under Chiephobozou and Tseminyu: To ensure full preparedness to combat against COVID-19, a team led by the district in-charge minister of National Highways Tongpang Ozukum, advisors Dr. Nicky Kire and R. Khing, Police, district administration and officials from CMO inspected the health centres in Northern Angami area on Wednesday.

Briefing on the purpose of the visit, Ozukum acknowledged the health workers, security forces, village councils and people involved in delivering their service with utmost sincerity and dedication. He assured that additional protective gears required in some health centres will be looked into at the earliest possible time. He also informed that the community health centre (CHC) Tseminyu needed special attention in all aspects and assured the matter would be conveyed to the authority. Minister also maintained that since central ministry has relaxed agri allied sectors considering the sowing time, he said except for the farmers, lockdown must be implemented. Advisor Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Nicky Kire said the overall preparation of the health centres visited was satisfactory and assured to take up CHC Tseminyu requirements to the higher authority immediately. From the department side, Kire informed that center has released some amount for Urban Local Bodies (ULB) which will be distributed soon to all the municipals and town councils. Deputy commissioner Kohima Gregory Thejawelie informed that district administration will ensure smooth movement of essential commodities vehicles and asked to be immediately informed on any hiccups. He also appealed the citizens of Tseminyu sub-division not to panic since there were enough stock of essential commodities. For the daily wage earners and immigrant workers, he said free distribution of rice, daal and salt has started and asked the ADC to list out proper data of those who were in need of food so that supplies will be sent immediately. 

Deputy CMO Kohima, Dr. H Sema briefed the health workers and others to remain in touch with the NHAK and CMO office and also briefed on what was supposed to be done if any positive cases was detected. He also advised not to shift the patients of their own as ambulance will be sent in those areas if any patients have symptomatic. The team visited Chiephobozou CHC, Botsa PHC, Tseminyu CHC, Chunglikha PHC and Touphema PHC. In Tseminyu sub-division 18 persons are under home quarantine while Touphema 3 persons were under quarantine. Almost all the health centres were equipped with protective gears and for the additional requirement, the team members assured to reach them as early as possible. Advisor Dr. Nicky Kire also personally donated masks and hand sanitizers in all the health centres. (Correspondent)

UBD Merima Kohima as quarantine centre: Employees from the department of Home, Power, PHED, Health and Family Welfare and others were engaged in cleaning the quarantine centre in Urban Development Building (UDB) Merima, Kohima. Advisor Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Dr. Nicky Kire along with district and police administration visited the quarantine centre Wednesday evening. The building has the capacity to quarantine 266 people and almost 100 beds and other facilities have been placed. (Correspondent)

Dimapur COVID-19 Hospital: Department of Health & Family Welfare has informed that Dimapur District Hospital (DDH) has been identified as COVID-19 Hospital. Following alternative arrangements are prepared for the convenience of patients: No new patients will be admitted in DH Dimapur, until further notice; All existing in-patients in DH Dimapur requiring further hospitalization are to be shifted to the under mentioned hospitals, provided they can be safely moved: Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research, Eden Medical Centre, Zion Hospital and Research Centre, Nikos Hospital and Research Centre, Nagaland Multi-specialty Health and Research Centre. NB: Other Hospitals will be designated as & when required; All patients requiring emergency healthcare, henceforth will be taken up the above mentioned hospitals; District health authority will make arrangement for providing OPD services in various government health institutions like urban primary health centre Burma Camp, urban primary health centre Duncan, primary health centre Chumukedima, and Police Referral Hospital Chümoukedima; All suspected COVID-19 cases or flu-like symptoms from any private hospital or public health centre will be referred to the COVID-19 Hospital for screening; Medical expenditure for existing in-patients shifted from DH Dimapur and new emergency patients will be worked out with the respective hospitals. The above mentioned treating hospital will be empanelled under AB-PMJAY if not yet empanelled. Free benefit will be provided to AB-PMJAY beneficiaries as per guideline. For any query, contact state control room at  9099607609/7085444710.

IMDH identified as COVID-19 Hosptial: Principal secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Menukhol John in exercising the powers conferred by the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897, identified Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH) as COVID-19 Hospital. According to DIPR report, he informed that the following alternative arrangements are to be prepared for the convenience of patients: No new patients will be admitted in IMDI-I from April 6, until further notice; The existing in-patients requiring further hospitalization will be shifted to Lenjem Hospital (contact: 0369 2225226), provided they can be safely moved; New patients seeking emergency healthcare in IMDH will be diverted to Lenjem Hospital. Only emergency cases will be entertained; Medical expenditure for in-patients who are shifted or new emergency patients who are referred will be worked out with the concerned hospital; Any patient shifted or referred by IMDH to Lenjem hospital will carry an authorization order from MS, IMDH; Free benefit will be provided to AB-PMJAY beneficiaries as per guideline. He further added that for any query one may contact: State Control Room at 9099607609 /7085444710; District Control Room (Mokokchung): 7630007954 /7628854582.

LDH identified as COVID-19 Hospital: Longleng District Hospital has been identified as COVID-19 Hospital. Following alternative arrangements are prepared for the convenience of patients: Medical services for other patients are to be taken up by converting Nyengching GHS Longleng to a make shift hospital. Further, CHC Yachem can be explored for the same; DH Longleng authority shall start the preparation including postponement of Non¬-essential elective surgeries, discharging stable patients, advising patients not to come for routine visits to the OPD if it can be avoided or postponed etc with immediate effect; To make indent to the directorate for requirement of any logistics; All unauthorized/authorized shops (excluding pharmacies) and eateries in the vicinity of hospitals should be compulsorily shut; Engage resources from other departments in non-technical roles, so that health personnel can dedicate in their professional responsibilities; The dedicated COVID-19 hospital and the make shift hospital should be operational at the earliest. For any query, contact state control room at 9099607609/7085444710.

CMO Phek awareness on COVID-19: Office of the chief medical officer (CMO), Phek has disseminated information to the public through distribution of leaflets to take precautionary measures, maintaining personal hygiene etc and reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.

A press release from CMO office Phek stated that, the leaflets were printed in English and local dialects. Pasting of posters on COVID-19 were also done in all the 11 colonies of Phek town. The 11 colony presidents  are being utilized to disseminate the information through distribution of IEC materials, awareness talks in their respective colonies so as to reach out to all the people at all levels. To sensitize all age groups videos on Do’s and Don’t’s on COVID-19 in Chokri and Khezha dialects done by nurses of DH Phek has been circulated.

To combat the shortage of protective gears for health workers, the doctors/staffs of CMO and DH Phek has come up with an innovation to make alternative form of protective gears also. CMO also expressed gratitude to the Lotha Hoho Phek for showing their concern and support to the medical staff by donating money. CMO also thanked the respective colony youths for their valuable service.

Government buildings requisitioned as quarantine facility: Principal secretary Health & Family Welfare, Menukhol John through an office memorandum informed that the government has issued orders to requisition government buildings as quarantine facilities to prepare necessary infrastructure and tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives. According to DIPR report, Menukhol informed that the order was issued to enhance preparedness and containment of the virus following World Health Organisation and the government declaring COVID-19 as a notified disaster and invoked the Epidemic Disease Act 1897. He added that in areas where suitable government buildings are not available to use as quarantine facility the government accord approval to the district administration to requisition building such as hotels, lodges, guest houses etc run by private or NGOs, if found suitable to use as quarantine facilities. The requisition shall also include all existing services & facilities such furnishing, amenities, catering services etc. He further directed the district task force to identify such private facilities as quarantine facilities and to operationalize the facility when required in conformity with extant SOP and to intimate the same to the directorate of Health & Family Welfare.

UGC on safety and care for hostel residents: University Grants Commission (UGC), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India, secretary, prof. Rajnish Jain has issued a notification in view of fight against COVID- 19, time and again had issued several advisories to ensure the safety and health of stakeholders, which include the students, faculty members, researchers, non-teaching staff members and other, by taking necessary precautionary and providing required support. Vice chancellors of all the universities and principals of all the colleges in prevailing situations have been urged upon to take measures for due care of all the students residing in the hostels through team members (wardens, deans, other officials and support staff) covering all aspects from health care, safety, accommodation, food and hygiene. UGC had appealed not be deterred by the prevailing circumstances and continue to work together for the welfare of one and all. 

ADC Tening holds meeting with SDTF: ADC, Tening, Rhosietho Nguori, convened emergency meeting with sub divisional task force (SDTF) on COVID-19 at town hall on March 31. According to DIPR report, Rhosietho Nguori also chairperson of SDTF on COVID-19 briefed the implementation of resources and highlighted the utilisation of funds received from various agencies to be done through SDTF with social distance measures will be followed in the crucial days of lock-down as mandatory by the government. Dr. Neilasakuo Linyu, medical officer of CHC, Tening highlighted the efforts of the medical department like sensitisation, and awareness for the public on COVID-19 tracking and monitoring home quarantine, and 24 X 7 counselling services. Dr Linyu informed that 26 people entered the sub-division after March 6, out of which 14 completed quarantine while twelve people are undergoing the same. The house also resolved to maintain identified places like bank, hospitals, police station, garbage points and drainage for fumigation and sanitisation by the SDTF in the coming days. SDTF Tening will enforce the directive of the state government and continue to update the general information the COVID-19 followed the next review meeting will be held on April 7.

CYF appeals citizens to stay safe: Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) has appealed to all the citizens of Phek district to take precautions and combat the COVID-19. 

A press release from CYF president, Lhuvesayi Lohe stated that: While appreciating the medical personnel who are tirelessly and efficiently working to counter the epidemic in the district, CYF appeal all the medical staff to be present 24X7 in their respective postings to provide necessary services to the general public in this crucial period; Appeal the government of Nagaland to provide the essential medical equipments to all the health centers in Phek district at the earliest; Urged the concerned department to provide essential commodities to the poor people according to the provision of the government in the district during this period of lockdown; General public must strictly adhere to the precautionary measures provided by the Medical department and the government; During this period of lockdown the general public are reminded to sternly follow the ban orders of the Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) with respect to hunting; The respective youth presidents and colleagues are informed to check this activity in their respective areas. 

CYF also acknowledged the administrators, Police personnel, Medical health workers, NGOs, political leaders, churches, individuals, legislators of Phek district for their concern and generosity.


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