COVID-19: More returnees, meetings, visits, sensitisation programme

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/10/2020 1:37:00 PM IST

As more returnees are being accommodated at the quarantine facilities in various districts, there is growing shortage of quarantine centres. In this regard, some district administrations have taken up the matter for discussion at coordination meetings to address the issue. Various social organisations and churches have been providing food to the returnees at quarantine centres, while some individuals and groups have provided one-time meal to the quarantinees. Sensitisation programmes and prayer fellowships are also being initiated for those in quarantine centres by various agencies. Meanwhile, government continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 positive cases in the state and updates are provided accordingly. Public are reminded to take note of government SOP and be responsible so there is no community spread of COVID in Nagaland. 

Zunheboto district

STH prepares food for inmates at quarantine centre: Various churches under Zunheboto town and civil organisations like Sumi Totimi Hoho (STH) are taking the initiative to prepare food for the inmates at quarantine centres. 
A press release from STH media cell stated that, the SBCZ have completed their rounds of providing the inmates after which ZTSBC are providing food to the inmates quarantined at Zbto Govt College and cultural hall while the STH are providing the inmates quarantined at GHSS and town hall and frontline personnel. Church volunteers hand over the food to the police personnel manning the gate of quarantine centres, whereafter it is placed on a table and the inmates in a queue maintaining social distancing collects their food.
SRGBA requests village councils to arrange quarantine facility: Satoi Range GB Association (SRGBA) during its executive meeting held on June 9, has requested to all the respective eleven village councils under Satoi area to arrange village quarantine facility for two to three bedded with separate bathrooms, power supply with kitchen facilities as per the EAC, Satoi notification on June 8 and adhere to the guidelines. Association also asked them to co-operate with administrative officers for safety measures and guidelines for COVID-19.  
A press release from SRGBA president Kaito Zhimo and general secretary, Kakheto Aye stated that, the meeting also selected the new office bearers for the tenure 2020-25 and official handing and taking over was also held. Association also stated that the earlier nomenclature of Satoi Area GB Association has been changed to Satoi Range GB Association for all the official correspondence.
During the meeting, various agendas were discussed and that Satoi Range GB Association will give full cooperation for Satoi town platinum jubilee celebration which is scheduled to be held in the month of December 2020. 
It has informed that verification team led by ADC, EAC and BDO and MO will be visiting all the villages by June. Meanwhile, the new office bearers have also expressed its confidence that the Association will give priority for the upliftment of Satoi range in all aspects in their region. The new team is led by Kaito Zhimo as president, Kakheto Aye as general secretary along with six others.  
69 returnees arrive at Zunheboto district: 69 returnees arrived at Akuluto town in Zunheboto district on June 9. According to DIPR report, 38 male and 31 female arrived at JNV Akuluto in three buses. 
The group will be quarantined at JNV Akuluto itself. The group consists of 68 from the Gujarat/Maharashtra special train and one female from Agri Expo transit centre.
Dimapur district
LCMU & LCC Dimapur provides meal to quarantined inmates: Lotha Colony Mothers’ Union (LCMU), Dimapur along with the Lotha Colony Council (LCC) provided one time meal with gift hampers to the quarantine inmates at the State Sports Academy (SSA) in Dimapur on June 10. A press release from LCC and LCMU stated that programme was held in the presence of Nagaland State Sports Academy, head coach who is also the in-charge of quarantine center at SSA. The meal and gift hampers for the SSA quarantine centre was provided and prepared by the LCMU. A word of encouragement to the inmates and prayer was pronounced by the Lotha Baptist Church, Lotha Colony Dimapur, Lanlongo Yanthan.
Books for inmates at quarantine centre: National People’s Party (NPP) state unit made a donation of around 200 inspirational books to the inmates (all female) of Livingstone Foundation International (LFI) quarantine centre at Thahekhu/Kevijau on June 10. 
Dimapur Battalion constructs drainage facility: Dimapur Battalion of Assam Rifles constructed a drainage facility and officially handed over charge to the village functionaries Darogajan, Dimapur on June 9. 
According to PRO HQ IGAR (N) stated that, perpetual water clogging issue in the locality posed undue risks for spread of waterborne and communicable diseases, especially during onset of monsoon. 
Phek district
DHP sensitisation programme on COVID-19: District Hospital Phek (DHP) conducted a sensitisation programme on COVID-19 for NGOs and civil societies of Phek town on June 7, where about 60 people attended.
A press release from NHM Phek district media officer, Kutolu Nakro stated that, Dr. Nichukholie Vupru nodal officer of National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) Phek said using of tobacco products enhance the spread of COVID-19 as it increases the production of saliva, which leads to increased spitting in public places. He added that large gathering at the retail outlets for procurement of tobacco products pose the risk for spread of COVID-19. 
He further informed the participants that smokers have greater chance of transmission of virus from hand to the mouth and also weakens the immune system making the lungs more vulnerable to COVID-19.The programme was also attended by doctors, nurses and staff of DH Phek.
Besides District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) Phek also distributed leaflets on the dangers of tobacco use and COVID-19 to the quarantine centres in all blocks and to the public, while banners have been pasted at the quarantine centres. 
32 stranded citizens arrive at Pfutsero: According to a report received from SMO Pfutsero, 32 persons arrived at Pfutsero on June 9 evening. DIPR reported that all were thermal scanned and were quarantined in JNV Lewoza Pfutsero.
Longleng district
DTF Longleng discuss on safe disposal of PPE: An emergency meeting of Longleng District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 was held at COVID-19 war room, DC office under the chairmanship of DC Longleng M. Shayung Phom on June 10, and stressed at length on proper use and safe disposal of personal protection equipments (PPE). 
According to DIPR report, DC informed members about PPE set suspected to be used and disposed off by the driver near the road side at Orangkong village while returning back to their destination from Longleng. He asserted that such practice was hazardous of spreading the virus and suggested for proper awareness and instructions on safety use and disposal of PPE not only to drivers alone but also to the citizens. After lengthy deliberations the members nominated Dr. Meren to give proper instructions to the drivers on safe disposal of PPE. 
DC also acknowledged the amount of Rupees one lakh donated by the Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo, and thanked the organisation, churches, NGOs, civil societies, individuals and well wishers for their financial assistance and support towards COVID-19 in various ways. 
The house discussed for accommodation of returnees coming from quarantine centre Kohima, enhancement of security in quarantine centres and identifying buildings for COVID-19 Care Hospital. CMO office and Nyingching Government Middle School buildings were identified for COVID-19 Care Hospital. The DTF will inspect the condition of these buildings before final decision.
Law & order meeting: In connection with reports of issues at Yonglok after Assam Police removed the bamboo blockage on COVID-19  in the Nagaland Assam border the Longleng district administration and the Police held a meeting with Phom People’s Council (PPC), Phom Students’ Conference (PSC) and Phomla Hoichen at DC’s conference hall on June 10. 
According to DIPR report, DC M. Shayung Phom and SP Yanithung Ezung appealed to the NGOs, civil societies and the public to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. DC and SP Longleng also informed the NGOs about the positive responses of the DC and SP Sivasagar when they apprised the Assam counterparts to maintain peaceful law and order in the border and to prevent such incident in the future. 
After lengthy discussion the DC and SP Longleng appealed to the NGOs to visit Yonglok to apprise the public to maintain peace and harmony in the area during such COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Coordination meeting on renovation of Changtongnyah-Longleng road: In connection with deterioration of Changtongnyah-Longleng road by monsoon,  the district administration convened a coordination meeting with Police, EE (PED) & EE (NH) Longleng,  president PPC, president PSC, president Phomla Hoichen, [resident Chamber of commerce, president Driver’s Union and all vehicle owners at DC’s conference hall on June 10. 
After briefing by the DC and ADC, Longleng explaining the importance and poor condition of the road, the house decided to find ways and means to repair and renovate only the worse portion before the two-lane firm commenced their work.
The Drivers’ Union was entrusted to verify the locations for repairing while the Chamber of commerce and vehicle owners will contribute stones/boulder and the district administration will provide fuel while NGOs will supervise the work. The EE (PWD) informed on the status of the paper works for tender and its delay due to lockdown while the president PPC suggested measures for renovation and assured to provide full cooperation and all possible assistance for improvement of the work.
Kiphire district
Meeting on COVID-19 deliberates on QCs: COVID-19 potentiated group Kiphire held its meeting at the DPDB hall Kiphire under the chairmanship of DC Kiphire, Sarita Yadav on June 9.
According to DIPR report, DC expressed that returnees from other parts have been safely quarantined at four different locations i.e ZPC 54, Loyola 17 and DUDA rest house, and more people were expected to arrive. As the quarantine centres were about to be exhausted, deliberations were held on more quarantine centres.  
Medical department informed that 37 samples have been sent for test and results were awaited. TrueNat equipment on arrival will be installed by technical expert. It was also clarified by the Medical staff that if one or more persons in quarantine tests positive, number of days in quarantine would extend for those people from the same group.
JNV building was selected to be set up as police quarantine in order to bring unruly people under control.
Later in the evening, DC, SP, CMO and other DTF members received 50 persons who arrived at Kiphire from Dimapur. Among the returnees, 22 persons were from Maharashtra and 28 from Gujarat, counting to 28 female and 22 male. After a screening they were sent to institutional quarantine in Kiphire town.
Kiphire Battalion extends logistics support: Kiphire Battalion of Assam Rifles extended logistics support to mitigate the problems of the border villages in Pungro region of Kiphire district. According to PRO HQ IGAR (N), Assam Rifles assisted the border villages by providing transportation for carrying the rations and CGI sheets issued by the district administration from Pungro to Hakkumote, Salumi and Khonsa villages.
Tuensang district
Shamator kicks off Zero Malaria campaign: Shamator village, kicked off the anti malaria month campaign, further providing awareness on COVID-19. 
According to DIPR report, house to house campaign was led by S I, Bumba Yimchunger, accompanied by Asha co-ordinator Shamator, T Hantsüla Yimchunger, nurses and Asha workers. Two villages, Shamator and Leangkonger, were covered, where health workers provided awareness on both malaria and COVID-19 as well. 


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