COVID-19 preparedness and preventive measures in the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/23/2020 12:05:59 PM IST

Ever since the nationwide lockdown started, the government of Nagaland has been actively monitoring and carrying out preventive measures in the state. State level and district officials in all eleven districts has been conducting trainings, sanitisation of town and border areas as well as visiting COVID-19 hospitals and quarantine health centres. Apart from these measures, the welfare of the underprivileged during such a crisis is well monitored and supply of essential commodities being distributed on a daily basis. Concerned authorities have also been purchasing farm produces from the farmers directly to sustain their livelihood. Civil organisations have also been ceaselessly reaching out to the needy people in collaboration with respective district administrations. Various orders, appeals and reminders to public to stay home and be safe are reinforced constantly. 

Mokokchung District

Legislators inspect border areas in Mokokchung: Minister of Housing and Mechanical Tongpang Ozukum and advisor, Industries & Commerce, Lab & Emp, Skill Dev & Entrepreneurship Imbatiba visited Watiyongpang check gate, under Tuli sub-division, Mokokchung on April 23 to interact with the medical professionals, security and administrative officers stationed at the interstate border areas.

A press release from Imliyanger Aier press secretary to Tongpang Ozukum stated that, Tongpang Ozukum and Imnatiba started the first leg of inspection of Public Health Centres and interstate border areas at Tuli sub-division.

Tongpang after inspection said that the state government was doing their best with whatever resources and man power available at their disposal in preparation to fight the global pandemic. He said, during the inspection, certain grievances were heard and observed which needed to be addressed and will be highlighted to the appropriate authorities at the earliest. 

He said the Langpongkong range share a very porous border with Assam but the main concern was of areas which has no check gates. 

He also added that importance should be given to the entire border areas in Nagaland in order to contain the deadly virus. The honourable minister also shared his appreciation to the state home department for deploying two platoon of 13 NAP as requested by Langpangkong Citizens’ Organization to man the interstate border. 

Imnatiba maintained that there should be certain relaxation, while small and medium scale industries should be allowed to run in districts like Dimapur and Tuli as normal life has been badly affected.

The team visited Watiyongpang interstate check gate, Kangtsung yimsen interstate check gate and also inspected CHC Tuli, CHC Changtongya, PHC Chuchuyimlang and PHC Mongsenyimti. Addl SP, Mokokchung, ADC Tuli, EAC Tuli and a host of other officials were also part of the entourage. 

Kohima District

COVID-19 training held in three blocks under Kohima district: COVID-19 training was conducted at Jakhama, Tseminyu and Chiephobozou blocks by CMO office Kohima along with District Health Society (DHS) and NHM on April 23. 
A press release from Chief Medical Office, Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo stated that, participants were trained on the origin, transmission, prevention, control measures, medical care, supportive environment, safe practices like frequent hand-washing, social distancing, use of mask, avoiding of public places etc.  Participants were also shown demonstration of Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs) with management and proper disposal of used mask and gloves. Jakhama block had participants of 40. The same chain of training was also carried out at Tseminyu block where DPO (RCH/UIP) Dr. Rupert Peseyie was the resource person with 35 participants, while Chiephobozou block training was disseminated under Mobile Medical Unit, Kohima (MO) Dr. Ruyangulie Paphino with 30 participants.
Kiphire District
COVID-19 sensitisation in Kiphire: Frontline workers in Kiphire, comprising of ASHAs and Anganwadi workers have been carrying out awareness activities to sensitise villagers about COVID-19 infection under Kiphire district. 
A press release from CMO office, district media officer Haichikambe Pame stated that, ASHAs have been playing active role in their villages and have been visiting 25 households per day, monitoring their wellbeing, wherein, if any suspected cases are detected they refer them to the nearest health units. 
Anganwadi workers have also been carrying out sensitisation drive in their villages with focus on disseminating the importance of hand washing, cleanliness, social distancing, hygiene, and also emphasising on the etiquette of spitting, coughing, and sneezing. At the district level, the medical team have been visiting people in quarantine homes everyday to assess their wellbeing and to monitor if they were following the guidelines of home quarantine protocol.

Mon District
Training for COVID-19 volunteers in Mon: COVID-19 volunteers for Mon district were trained in two batches at DC conference hall on April 23. A press release from DC office stated that, volunteers were trained on the role of distributing essential commodities in the eventuality of COVID-19 outbreak in the district. They were also briefed on contact listing and tracing, crucial role played by the district and sub-divisional war rooms and the various Task Forces and committees set up in the district. The first batch comprised of Red Cross, Youth Club and Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), while second batch comprised of grade-IV government servants requisitioned for COVID-19 duty. Altogether 88 volunteers attended the training. 

Tuensang District
SCB installed at DH Tuensang: COVID-19 Sample Collection Booth (SCB) was installed at District Hospital (DH) Tuensang on April 22. 
A press release from Tuensang district media officer Apheang stated that, this project was initiated and donated by the district administration Tuensang. The kiosk has been constructed in the district for the safety of health workers.

Dimapur District
School mid day meal scheme to resume in Dimapur: DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi has directed School Education department in the district to resume school mid day meal scheme with immediate effect and to ensure strict social distancing for parents coming to school for collection of food grains as per government directive. According to DIPR report, DC further directed principal/headmaster of respective schools to prepare lesson plan and home plan for students and to handover to the parents who come to school to collect food grains so that the studies of students may continue from home.

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