COVID-19 lockdown: Meetings, visits and preventive measures

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 9:41:41 AM IST
With the lockdown being relaxed phase wise across the nation, Nagaland government has intensified preventive measures to protect the citizens from the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. Review meetings in district headquarters and mock drills are conducted to ensure that there is no slackness in preparedness level at any juncture. Meanwhile, routine activities of government departments have slowly started picking up in the state. Legislators continue to make visits to various districts to take stock of the ongoing preparations while also reminding public to adhere to government guidelines for protection against the pandemic. Horticulture department has initiated the COVID-19 Horticulture special drive and department officials are touring the districts to disseminate awareness for more focus on growing local food grains. Sanitisation activities continue to be carried out by concerned departments, while in some areas medical checkups are undertaken for safeguarding the health of the public. 

Dimapur District

Meeting held with administration and other stakeholders: Minister of PHE, Jacob Zhimomi convened a meeting with the Dimapur district administration, Police, Medical department, Naga Council Dimapur, Western Sumi Hoho Dimapur, Chakhroma Public Organization, Food and Civil Supplies besides the elected legislators of Dimapur district. According to DIPR report, the meeting was held in the conference hall of DC Dimapur on Thursday, under the chairmanship of Jacob Zhimomi, to oversee the system put in place at Dimapur district in its fight against COVID 19 pandemic.
In the meeting, Jacob reminded that nationwide lockdown was still on and appealed to the public to refrain from unnecessary movement in town/colonies unless urgently required for the benefit of all. Re-iterating his concern about price rise of essential commodities, Jacob reminded the district administration and DMC to keep track on the availability of essential commodities and also for effective regulation and monitoring of price of essential commodities. “Nobody has to take advantage of the situation,” he asserted. Clarifying on COVID cess issue raised by NGOs, Jacob said that since state has no internal revenue and dependent on GIA from the central government, COVID cess has been initiated for supporting the poor, during such extraordinary times. Further, he also expressed gratitude to the GBs and village councils for strictly manning the border areas and also asked the police/district administration to continue to seal the border areas. Jacob expressed satisfaction about the preparedness level at Dimapur district with concerted effort and cooperation of all stakeholders.
Advisor, Zhaleo Rio, while sharing his concern and observations dubbed Dimapur as the most vulnerable district for various reasons and expressed gratitude to all the frontline workers, administration, Police, NGOs, civil societies for their participation and support in the fight against COVID 19. Advisor Tovihoto, observed that irrespective of political parties, all have come together to fight COVID-19, an invisible virus and asserted that everyone needed to fight till the end. While underlining the importance of social media as a strong medium for educating people, he also cautioned that it misleads people with fake information and appealed from misusing social media. Moatoshi Longkumer, MLA also acknowledged the efforts put in by the citizens of Dimapur by co-operating with the district administration and Police in the fight against the pandemic. Representative from Naga Council Dimapur re-iterated their support and cooperation to the government specially Dimapur district administration. Sharing their opinion, NCD felt that more assistance needed to be given to the people stranded outside Nagaland state to ease their challenges, and to request them to stay back (unless un-avoidable) for the interest and benefit of the state. Representative from Chakhroma Public Organization expressed, “If Dimapur is not safe Nagaland is not safe, and if government cannot save Dimapur, Nagaland will not be safe”.  DC and CP Dimapur also spoke at the meeting.
Phek District
Horticulture department undertakes special drive: A special drive to fight COVID-19 undertaken by Horticulture department was held at Phek on May 7 under the theme “Grow more! Produce More! Earn More”. According to DIPR report, a team of officers led by director Dr. R. Elithung Lotha visited the Phek district to encourage the progressive farmers to utilize the season since agriculture activities are time bound. Director in his message urged the community to uplift the potential resource of state to turn into a huge economy through farming and he also state that this was the right time to cultivate. Deputy director Bhupham Phom stated that COVID-19 has brought two diseases “The virus and Famine” and the best way to avoid harsh reality of future depended on the present action. Programme was attended by directorate team, DHO Phek staff, progressive farmers and various leaders of different organisations. Later, team met the deputy commissioner Phek to discuss the potential marketing channel, where it emphasized that a data base of various fruits, vegetables and spices from villages for marketable surplus of the produces has been collected. According to department sources the department was ready to create market linkages for the surplus production. Leaflets were also distributed in English and local dialect along with hand sanitiser and face mask.
Free health check-up for the elderly at Meluri town: Community Health Centre (CHC) Meluri with support from Nagaland Health Project (NHP) organised a free health check-up for the elderly aged 70 years and above and pregnant mothers residing on May 3 to address the underlying conditions that impacts the aged and routine check-up of pregnant mothers.
A press release from DPMU, NHP DF Phek Rebekah Y. Ezung stated that, BP test, sugar test, general check-up and ante natal check up were conducted, while importance of hand washing and social distancing which are of utmost importance during the pandemic were also highlighted to the beneficiaries. 
Meanwhile, nutritional supplement supported by NHP was distributed. Altogether 76 elderly people and 10 pregnant women availed the services provided at CHC Meluri. CHC Meluri with support from NHP also constructed local-made foot pedal hand wash facility at the entrance of CHC Meluri and ADC office to ensure that proper hand hygiene was maintained by the community. 
Sensitisation programme held at Molen and Mokie villages: Village Health Committee (VHC) Molen and Mokie villages supported by NHP along with ASHA and AWW took the initiative on sensitising the importance of hand washing and social distancing in the village. Altogether 30 households in total targeting pregnant women and elders were visited and soaps were distributed. VHCs of Molen and Mokie also took the initiative to construct local made bamboo hand wash facility at the entrance of their village to ensure proper hand hygiene.
Awareness held at Porba village: PHC Porba supported by NHP along with frontline workers of Porba PHC took the initiative in creating awareness on importance of hand washing to its community by visiting the households in the village and distributed soaps. A total of 100 households in the village were visited.
Old Ruzazho village: PHC Ruzazho under the motto “sanitation and hygiene for today and tomorrow” supported by NHP initiated and constructed locally available bamboo hand wash facility in all 305 households and distributed soap to ensure that proper hand washing is practiced by the entire community. Demonstration on hand washing method was performed by frontline workers. 
Altogether 36 communitised health committees are supported under NHP in Phek district.
Kohima District
Sanitization drive carried out by 12th Bn NDRF: One sub team of 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh carried out sanitisation drive in Kohima, to combat COVID-19 on May 7. 
The drive was carried out under the supervision of Sh. Arun Deogam comdt. NDRF Doimukh at Kohima Agriculture office, Soil & Water Conservation office, add. secretary (AG) office (chamber), Forest office, Parliament Affairs and other important places for controlling the spread of coronavirus infection. 
Sub inspector K. P. Singh (team leader) said that the rescuers of 12th BN NDRF sprayed the disinfectant mixed with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) by jet spray machine.
Zunheboto District
Mock drill exercise: A mock drill on COVID-19 preparedness related containment plan exercise was conducted at Zunheboto town on May 7. According to DIPR report, the district administration, Police, Medical department and SDRF Zunheboto conducted the dry run with Project West Colony as the epicentre.
Mokokchung District
KVK activities for farmers on COVID-19: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Mokokchung in collaboration with the district agriculture office, Mokokchung and ATMA Mokokchung conducted awareness programme on the existing COVID-19 pandemic to farmers in five villages under Mokokchung district during the COVID-19 lockdown period. 
A press release from DAO & PD ATMA Mokokchung, Neikhotuonuo stated that, advisories on maintaining good hygiene, sanitization of agricultural tools and implements before and after use along with the importance of maintaining social distancing while carrying out agricultural operations to avert being of infected by the novel Coronavirus were shared with the farmers. 
Officials also advised the farmers to wear mask as precautionary measure for which masks were distributed among the farmers. Farmers were also highlighted on the importance of the Arogya Setu App and advised to install the app in their mobile phones as another measure to be aware of any possible COVID-19 infected individual around their premises. Kharif season vegetable seed inputs along with Kharif cereals were distributed to the farmers in different villages. Officials also visited maize fields infested with Fall Army Worm (FAW) and the level of damage was assessed. Emamectin was given to the farmers to manage the pest. Other cultural and mechanical measures on management of FAW were also advised to the farmers.
Peren District
COVID-19 horticulture special drive in Peren: Department of Horticulture, commissioner secretary, Anenla Sato along with joint director, Jerry Patton and deputy director, Moa Walling visited  DHO office, Peren and conducted  COVID-19 Horticulture special drive with the representatives of various department at conference hall, DHO office, Peren under the theme “Grow More! Produce More! Earn More!” on May 7. According to DIPR report, Anenla Sato stated the outbreak of COVID-19 has immensely affected millions of people worldwide and was also affecting crop cultivation and food supply chain in Nagaland state as well as the nation, thus causing a threat to food security. Anenla mentioned Nagaland state was blessed with rich natural resources where land is fertile with abundant rain and favourable climate, thus sustainable for any crop. She added that self sufficiency of the district in terms of horticultural crops and success of the farmers depended on district horticulture officer, therefore, she called upon the DHO Peren and his staff to convey message or spread awareness to the farmers even at the grassroot level. Furthermore, she pointed out that Peren was the one of the most potential farming district where local people were involved in agricultural and farming activities. 
Programme was chaired by DHO Peren, Talimongba while technical inputs were briefed by joint director, Jerry Patton. Database was highlighted by deputy director Moa Walling.
Mon District
Special drive on COVID-19: Special drive on COVID-19 organised by department of Horticulture was held at Walo Guest House, Mon on May 6. 
According to DIPR report, additional secretary Horticulture, Zarenthung Ezung and deputy director Horticulture, Meyashi held a meeting with district horticulture officer, Mon and staff. Ezung said the need of the hour was to come out together and strategize on how to curb the impending danger that was looming around.  
He said the focus right now should be on self-sufficiency and sustainability since the Govt of India was giving primary focus on health care and food security to fight this pandemic measures. 
He added that action plan of the government was to come up with an immediate implementable project which would not only benefit the farmers by way of increasing their productivity but also provide market linkages with the help of the government.  
Meeting was attended by officials from Agriculture, Land Resources, NSRLM departments, presided by DHO Mon, Eyongol Natso. 

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