COVID-19: Meetings, preventive protocols and appeals

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/25/2020 1:44:27 PM IST

With the arrival of more stranded persons into the state as of Monday, the state government and its agencies have stepped up its precautionary protocols to ensure that COVID-19 pandemic is contained in the state. Civil organisations have also appealed to the returnees to maintain precautionary measures while in quarantine for their own safety as well as others. Meetings are also being held to coordinate activities in the quarantine centres not only in Kohima but in other districts as well. District administrations continue to issue directives for public to adhere since the state is no longer green zone. Public are urged to continue to maintain social distancing, wear mask and use sanitiser as a way of life. 

Dimapur district
Police given the task of setting up Ganesh Nagar quarantine centre
DGP Nagaland, T J Longkumer inspected the ongoing work in Ganesh Nagar to transform it into a quarantine centre on Monday. This abandoned industrial complex is now a hub of activity with the Police department racing to make this the largest quarantine centre in Nagaland. Chief minister had directed the Police department to manage the complex from A to Z, whereby department agreed to accept the challenge. DGP stated that the Police department was gearing up to meet the huge responsibility, and as directed by him, the DIG Border, Aotemsu along with a team of officers were working hard to meet the deadline. 
Longkumer added that he has given them all resources available within his power and was co-ordinating with the empowered committee, who were very supportive and encouraging. He also said that “my officers want to welcome our returning brothers and sisters with welcoming arms and to make their stay here as comfortable as we possibly can make it.” 
DSGBU and DPON appeal returnees to follow guidelines
Dhansiripar Sub-Division GB union (DSGBU) and Dimasa Public Organisation Nagaland (DPON) has appealed to all returnees to follow guidelines strictly for their own good and community members. In a joint press release by DSGBU president Dohoi and DPON president K. Naben maintained that sub health centres and PHC/CHC in the sub-division should be provided with masks and sanitiser sufficiently in order to meet the challenges, likely to posed by the inmates of the quarantined centres coming up nearby the sub-divisional headquarter.
DSGBU and DPON also stated that “local organisations should have been taken into account while deciding to house quarantined people in the identified locations for understanding and local support which might be needed”. Further, DSGBU and DPON thanked the state government for facilitating return of those working outside the state and studying outside back to Nagaland and keeping them quarantined according to the guidelines. 

Tuensang district
Tuensang district returnees update
Total number of returnees to Tuensang as on May 25 has totaled to 83. According to DIPR report, the total returnees are segregated and placed at three quarantine centres as per zones and region wise. Total of 12 individuals have been stationed at JNV Chare institutional quarantine center (IQC) who are returnees from Assam and Meghalaya. At Sedem Govt. Polytechnic IQC there are 69 returnees from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim while one each from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal at Sao Chang Govt College IQC. 

Kohima district
Kohima QCMC meeting held
Kohima quarantine centres management committee (QCMC) held its first meeting under the chairmanship of DC Kohima & convenor of the committee, Gregory Thejawelie in his office chamber on May 25. According to DIPR report, 
the meeting deliberated on various issues highlighted by different committees faced at the ground work in managing the system at the centres. Committee decided to follow the present system, which has been put in place and to address the gaps wherever required. It was also decided that proper guidelines for assigned officers to oversee the activities at the quarantine centres will be work out by the District Task Force, to ensure better functioning of the centres. As per the directive of the government through the empowered group, the Kohima QCMC has been constituted to oversee the day to day management of the quarantine centres located under the district with DC Kohima as the convenor and members included ADC Kohima Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa; SDO (C) Sadar, Longasen Lotha; Sr. SP Kohima, Kevithuto Sophie; CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu; KMC administrator, Kovi Meyase; EAC (Sadar), I. Changsang; DIO NIC, J. G Lorin with GM DIC, A. Temjen Jamir as member & overall in-charge of Meriema & ATI Quarantine Centre and EE R&B South Div Er. Vizotuo Seletsu as member & overall in-charge of K. Badze. 

State roundup on COVID-19 lockdown
According to the daily report on law & order and facilitation of essential goods & services for May 25, no violation of the lockdown and law & order incidents have been reported in any part of the state. According to DIPR report, Abhijit Sinha, principal secretary, Home while issuing the report added that all essential commodity shops and medical shops were open in all the districts. No shortage of food grains, groceries milk or medicines have been reported in any part of the state. As per the report, no restriction was imposed on the movement of commercial vehicles for distribution of essential commodities and service providers. The report added that suitable arrangements and measures have been made for providing food and shelter to migrant workers affected by the various COVID-19 restrictions. Accordingly, there are 2 (two) active relief/shelter camps where 57 (fifty seven) persons are housed. Further, there are 2 (two) active food camps where 375 (three hundred and seventy five) daily wagers and needy people were provided food and dry ration by the government and various NGOs.
NDRF sanitises NLA premises
 In preparation for the series of various assembly committee meetings scheduled from May 27, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) sanitised the entire Nagaland legislative assembly (NLA) premises on May 25. A press release from secretary, Dr. P.J Anthony stated that the precautionary exercise would continue as and when any important function in the assembly secretariat is organised. Assembly secretariat lauded NDRF team and Health & Family Welfare department for extending service to the secretariat in containing COVID-19.
Mon district
DC Mon issues order on total lockdown 
Deputy commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K, notified that in view of the arrival of the stranded persons from different parts of the country, a total lockdown will be enforced on May 26 at Tizit sub-division and May 27 in Mon sub-division. According to DIPR report, the lockdown will be enforced with the following conditions: Movement of public is strictly prohibited except on medical emergencies; All shops except Pharmacies will remain closed; Movement of private vehicles is strictly prohibited.The total lockdown is enforced with a view to facilitate transportation of people to different quarantine centres of the district. Any person found violating will be penalised under relevant provisions of the law. In another order and in view of several quarantine centres being set up in different parts of the district, DC Mon has ordered that all domestic animals especially dogs be kept chained (not let out of their respective homes) at all times with immediate effect until further notice. DIPR reported that, this measure has been initiated to reduce any possibility of transmission of infection through the domestic animals while rummaging the garbage disposal areas at the designated quarantine centres. 
The owner shall be held responsible and is liable to be punished under Disaster Management Act, 2005 in the event of non-compliance of this order.

Government officials meeting with ZOAN at Peren
District administration & Medical department of Peren held a meeting with Zeliang Officer’s Association Nagaland (ZOAN) on May 23 at Customary Court, ADC office Jalukie, under the chairmanship of ZOAN president, Hiazu Meru.  According to DIPR report, deputy CMO Peren, Dr. Supongmenla Walling, DSO, Dr. Kevi Meyase and SMO CHC Jalukie, Dr. Yetovi Tuccu highlighted on the action plan and preparedness status of quarantine centres & COVID Hospital. Medical department officials also briefed the ZOAN office bearers on the inadequate infrastructure, shortage of PPEs as well as lack of manpower at designated COVID Hospital, CHC Jalukie. 
ZOAN president, Hiazu Meru stated the purpose of the meeting was to ascertain the preparedness of Peren DTF in the fight against the global pandemic as well as to extend solidarity to all the frontline workers for their selfless services rendered. He encouraged them to continue to work selflessly with equal zeal and also assured that, ZOAN will assist the district administration and Medical department in all ways possible.
The visiting officials donated an amount of Rs.1 Lakh to DC Peren to utilise in the management of quarantine centres. They also inspected Peren district designated COVID Hospital, CHC Jalukie to assess the preparedness and also to take stock of the resources available. The team later headed to Jalukie town local Baptist church, conference hall for an interaction with joint action committee (JAC) on COVID-19, wherein an amount of Rs. 30,000 and a total of 50 face masks were donated to JAC which was received by JAC convenor, Dr. Tumda Newme. While interacting, ZOAN president urged the JACs to work collectively with utmost sincerity and further spoke on the need to organise sensitisation programme even in village level on the importance of social distancing, proper use of face masks and use of hand sanitizers. Facility quarantine centres nodal officer, SDO (C), Kemciyile apprised the visiting officials that plantain or banana leaf being biodegradable product, it will be used as an alternative for packing food items for serving the inmates in quarantine centres. ZOAN officials along with facility quarantine centres nodal officer also inspected identified facility quarantine centre at JNV School and St. Xavier College, auditorium.


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