COVID-19: Meetings, appeals, monitoring of quarantine centres in the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/21/2020 9:09:14 AM IST

Preventive guidelines and awareness has been stepped up by state government with the arrival of stranded persons, currently placed in designated institutional quarantine centres. With more stranded expected to arrive, it has become not only the responsibility of the government agencies but of public to strictly adhere to the government guidelines. Meanwhile, legislators have been making their visit to various districts as a follow up and holding review meetings with district frontline workers. Concerned civil organisations have been responsibly voicing out the needs of their respective districts to the government for necessary redressal. District administrations have been keeping a check on the quarantine centres and cautioning returnees to be responsible for their safety as well as of others. 

Legislators visit Peren and holds coordination meeting
Legislator in-charge of Peren District COVID-19, Namri Nchang, advisor of Water Resources and minister of Higher &Technical Education & Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along with Leader of Opposition, T.R. Zeliang visited Peren on May 21 and held a coordination meeting with Peren DTF, department officers, civil societies and church organizations of Peren district at DC conference hall, Peren.
According to DIPR report, CMO Peren gave a brief report on the basic equipment available at Peren district designated COVID Hospital CHC Jalukie. He said basic requirements will increase as and when any eventualities related to positive case of COVID-19 arise in the district.
During the official visit, Imna Along said the safety of the district depended on the district administration and all the stakeholders, therefore he called upon all the civil societies & church organizations to extend constant support to the district administration in the fight against the pandemic. Irrespective of political parties, Along urged the gathering to work cohesively during COVID crisis and also made an appeal to the district administration and Medical team that besides thermal screening, returnees from outside the state has to undergo proper test. He said they should not be immediately sent to their respective village quarantine centres so as to avoid the spread of virus. In the course of meeting, Imna also suggested DC Peren who is also the DTF chairman to create Peren District COVID-19 Whatsapp group in order to remain in constant contact between the legislator in-charge and Peren District COVID-19 DTF members.
Speaking at the meeting, T.R. Zeliang asserted that it was the responsibility of the Medical department to protect the frontline workers and asked the department to organize sensitisation and awareness programme for civil society leaders, church leaders, village leaders, frontline workers as well as create their own quarantine guidelines for Peren at the earliest.
Advisor of Water Resources, Namri Nchang while addressing also appealed the gathering to maintain discipline and adhere with the guidelines issued by the government. Later, the visiting team also had a short discussion with the DTF members and Peren District COVID-19 Joint Action Committee on how to go about when returnees from Chennai arrived.
JAC on COVID-19 Peren appeals state govt for safety of citizens
Raising concern over the number of stranded citizens returning from different parts of the country particularly from red zones, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) on COVID-19 Peren district has appealed to the state government to ensure safety of the citizens of Peren district.
In a representation addressed to the additional chief secretary and Finance commissioner-cum-convenor Empowered Group Nagaland, the JAC convenor Dr. Tumda Newme urged the government to fully equip the designated COVID-19 Hospital at the earliest. JAC stated COVID-19 Hospital Jalukie town did not have even a single proper ICU bed except for the single bed recently located at the isolation ward, and a portable small size ventilator which came attached with the ambulance. 
Further, JAC stated that village authorities were made to use village facility for institutional quarantine for the first batch of returnees from Guwahati (red zone) on May 16. It said majority of the returnees were sent for home quarantine in spite of standing SOP for mandatory institutional quarantine for 14 days. 
JAC also said that second batch of returnees on May 18 were sent to respective villages for institutional quarantine at village.
It stated that the instances clearly depicted the “callous handling” of returnees by the responsible authorities in the district deviating from the SOP endangering the lives of citizens of the district. JAC has cautioned that should COVID-19 case(s) arise from such unsafe facilities, the responsibility would fall on the district administration. JAC, therefore, appealed the responsible authority to initiate corrective measures at the earliest before the “pandemic runs out of hand in the district.”
Emergency TDTF meeting held
Tuensang District Task Force (DTF) for COVID-19 held an emergency meeting at DC’s conference hall Tuensang on May 21. According to DIPR report, meeting discussed on the modification made on new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) dated May 18. It discussed to apprise higher ups to consider and stick to the previous SOP to keep the stranded individuals for three days and then send to the respective districts. The forum also discussed for the expansion of the QC to Noklak and Shamator after thorough study of the infrastructure and man power. On the issues of bedding at the quarantine centres, the tribal bodies are requested to come up with more beddings to cover those who belong to far flung villages and those unable to afford and for the rest, parents have been advised to come up with the beddings. On food management at the quarantine centers Chang Baptist Lashong Thangyen is initiating while the Tuensang Town Pastors Union is supporting the whole processes as reported. 
YTC asks govt employees to be in station
Yimchungrü Tribal Council (YTC) has directed HoDs and government employees to station at their respective place of posting, under its jurisdictions i.e., ADC, office Shamator and Pungro, SDO (civil) office, Chessore and EAC, offices, Kiusam, Mangko, Tsurungto, Sotokur and Khongsa with immediate effect. President and secretary of YTC in a press release stated that “everyone’s valuable services” should “be counted at this need of the hour of unrest situation”. The council informed that it would organise surprise checking in all government departmental offices shortly and if any officer or HoD was found absent from his/her duty, the report shall be intimated to the competent authority for further course of action.
59 stranded persons return to Tuensang
As per DIPR report of May 21, a total number of stranded individuals have reached 59 and are stationed at the designated quarantine centres, namely 48 at Sao Chang Government College and 11 at JNV Chare. So far the returnees are 42 from Assam, 12 from Meghalaya, 1 each from UP and West Bengal and 3 from Arunachal Pradesh. 
Coordination meeting of Phek legislators
Phek district legislators, NGOs and district administration held a coordination meeting convened by Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) at Pfutsero on May 20. According to a press release, while speaking at the coordination meeting, minister of Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu sought support from the public.
Kronu, who is also the minister in-charge of Phek District Level Task Force on COVID-19 expressed gratitude to Chakhesang Baptist Church Council for allotting its mission centre as one of the quarantine centres for returnees and appreciated DC, SP, CMO Phek, churches and civil societies for their continuous efforts and initiatives amid the pandemic. During the meeting, Kronu stated that Phek district legislators being the first legislators from Nagaland to purchase equipments and distribute the same to the public, assured to make the equipments available for various health centres as and when required. He called upon the people to ponder over the status of the state’s economy and how to attain self-sufficiency in the agricultural sector. Stressing on the need to regain and recover the economy, which had been adversely affected due to the pandemic, Kronu said that the government had identified few intellectuals and entrepreneurs and had several rounds of discussion on supply chain. He also informed that state economic strategy committee had been set up.
Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA said that in case of relaxation of lockdown it was the duty of everyone to try and practice self lockdown and take all precautionary measures. Expressing concern over false information/propagandas doing the round on social media, he said that educating people has become important.
In this, he requested DC, CPO, church leaders and frontline workers to disseminate correct information to the public for a healthy society and requested DC and SP Phek to enforce lockdown guidelines effectively within the district. Azo also requested CPO to call for another meeting on the confronting economic issue which, he said was more dangerous.
Meanwhile, speaking on quarantine facilities under Phek district, CPO president Mikha Kenye said that Phek district HQs alone cannot host all the returnees and in coordination with the district administration, it decided to divide into four blocks; Phek, Meluri, Pfutsero and Chozuba. He said that CPO had directed concerned villages under its jurisdiction not to construct rules above the guidelines and regulations issued by the health ministry or central/state government.
Earlier, Dr. Chotisuh Sazo MLA, Kezhienyi Khalo MLA, Phek deputy commissioner Sachin Jaiswal, Phek SP Vesupra Kezo, Phek CMO Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfhuo and Chakhesang Mothers’ Association president Zhonelu Tunyi also spoke at the meeting. Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) president, Dr Joyce Angami and Kohima Educational Trust chairman Dr. P.Ngully also interacted with the public on COVID-19.
SOP for returnees at Pfutsero
SOP for entry of returnees from other states to Pfutsero sub-division, has been issued by additional deputy commissioner Pfutsero Phuleshe K Yepthomi. 
According to DIPR report, the SOP are: Returnees inbound for Pfutsero sub-division and initially quarantined at Kohima for three days will not be allowed to disembark mid-way during the course of the onward journey to Pfutsero sub-division; Security deployment is to be arranged by SDPO Pfutsero at all the quarantine centre ie, CBCC Mission Center, Nazareth School and JNV, Zuketsa; Screening, registration, of all returnees will be compulsorily done by Medical team upon reaching the quarantine centre; After completion of all the formalities by the receiving/Medical team, the returnees will be sent to their allotted room and bed; Medical team are to be stationed in all the designated quarantine centers and on arrival of the returnees at the institutional quarantine center at CBCC Mission Center, Nazareth School and JNV Zuketsa, the Medical department will take over thereafter; Protocol for institutional quarantine will be as per the provisions notified by the Medical department; The monitoring committee of all the quarantine centres are to co-ordinate with the parents/guardians and ensure that the bedding/toiletries are to be kept ready before the arrival of the returnees; Food and refreshment for the staff and the returnees at all the quarantine centre will be arranged by the mess committee; All grievances of the returnees are to be addressed by the monitoring committee of the quarantine centres; No visitors will be allowed inside the institutional quarantine centres. 

CIEC council informs stranded returnees
Council of Industrial Estate Colony (CIEC) Dimapur has informed all households under its jurisdiction, that the council and its youth forum has resolved that no stranded returnees from outside the state would be entertained/allowed to enter the colony jurisdiction without knowledge of council and the youth forum.
A press release from chairman, CIEC, Wuthungo Lotha and president, CIEC Youth Forum, Bendang Pongener, stated that if any stranded returnee completes mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine at government designated centres and were supposed to return/enter to the colony, another compulsory 14 days home quarantine should be further observed, after communicating with colony council and the youth forum. The colony council and youth forum, further voiced strongly against non-compliance of the laid down rules, which could result in inviting undesirable action on defaulters.
DC Longleng issues precautionary measures
Deputy commissioner (DC), Longleng has informed all dog owners of Longleng town that dogs straying in and around quarantine centres in search of food were a threat to the health and safety of the public as facility institutional quarantine has been setup in and around the Longleng town to accommodate stranded persons from other states. According to DIPR report, as precautionary measures and to control and contain the spread of COVID-19, all dog owners in Longleng town have been directed to ensure that their dogs are chained or confined within their compound until further notice. Necessary actions will be initiated against the defaulters as per relevant provisions of the national disaster management act 2005 and IPC, section 188.
In another order, DC Longleng requisitioned the following as institutional quarantine centres as it had become imperative for the district to setup additional facility quarantine to accommodate stranded people coming back from other states; St. Joseph High School, Longleng, Nyenching Government High School, Longleng and district Industries and Commerce office, Longleng. Further, all management aspects of the building will be under the authority and control of the district administration till the end of the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis/further order.
Meanwhile, in regard to the suspected outbreak of anthrax from the office of the chief veterinary officer (CVO), Longleng, it has been proved that the earlier suspicion of the outbreak of anthrax disease is negative. 
According to DIPR report, the report has further revealed that an outbreak of hemorrhagic septicemia, a disease caused in bovine by pasteurella multocida which is not zoonotic but contagious and highly fatal in mithuns, cattles, buffaloes and goats occurred in Sakshi block. 
In this regard, the deputy commissioner, Longleng in a partial modification of the earlier order dated May 11, ban on selling/slaughter of cattles, mithuns, buffaloes and goats and also import of the aforementioned bovines only from Sakshi block is extended until further order. Further the earlier order of banning the sell/slaughter of the aforementioned animals in other parts of the district is relaxed.
DC Mon warns on non compliance of quarantine
Deputy commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan, K, notified that non compliance of quarantine protocol would lead to stringent actions. According to DIPR report, there was possible instances, where people may break quarantine protocol and venture out from the quarantine facility, thereby constituting serious case of non-compliance with the directives notified by the government.
Thus, all quarantined persons and their family members have been informed that non-compliance with quarantine protocol will attract stringent penal actions under relevant provisions of the law.
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ABAM allows use of facilities at Impur
Ao Baptist Church Association (ABAM), Impur has stepped up in shouldering responsibility by allowing use of facilities at Impur to set up quarantine centre and also to provide food for the returnees from outside the state. According to DIPR report, during an interview with ABAM executive secretary, Rev. Dr. Mar Atsongchanger expressed that the quarantine centre at Impur would accommodate 200 people. He said ABAM has earmarked a budget of Rupees 17 lakhs for running the quarantine centre for which the churches has come forward to contribute towards the ABAM COVID-19 relief fund. Rev. Dr. Mar Atsongchanger said that returnees who come to Impur must think that they were coming home, while adding that apart from providing food and lodging, the church take this as an opportunity to extend love and care in practical towards humanity. 

Tseminyu ADC reviews quarantine centres
District administration of Tseminyu sub-division including village councils of respective villages led by ADC Nokchasashi Kichu, SDO (C) Tsutsowe and EAC Tsogin Rozy Sangtam are fully engaged in reviewing the construction jobs for upgrading the proposed quarantine centres/buildings in Tseminyu sub-division, where each returnees from outside the state has to be provided separate bed room chambers, toilets and water tap for hand wash. According to DIPR report, ADC Nokchasashi inspected the ongoing upgradation works for COVID-19 quarantine centre at GHSS building Old Tseminyu Town on May 21, and thanked the volunteers of NYKS and GBs of Tseminyu town for their tireless service. The inspection was accompanied by Major Dahir ‘E’ company, COB Tseminyu 40 AR of 5 Sector AR. 


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