COVID-19: Preventive measures, meetings and trainings continue

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/13/2020 1:32:17 PM IST

With the arrival of new returnees to the state, the government and its various agencies have stepped up preventive measures for the safety of public. While COVID positive cases are on the rise, it is heartening that recovery is also taking place. Meanwhile, various district administrations are convening meetings for assessing the quarantine centres and ensuring that those in these centres are following the proper protocols. In the eventuality of community spread of COVID-19, the district officials are inducting volunteers and giving requisite trainings for the same. The State Tobacco Control Programme and its district cells are also conducting awareness on cessation of tobacco consumption as it is also one factor of spreading diseases through spitting. Faith based organisations have also been holding meetings with concerned authority in regard to opening of worship places, where some have decided to wait until further order is issued. 

Kiphire District

DC Kiphire convenes meeting

DC Kiphire Sarita Yadav convened a meeting with regard to opening places of worship for public which was attended by representatives from all the faith based organization on June 12.

According to DIPR report, Medical department informed on categories of people who were vulnerable and susceptible to COVID-19 disease. DC SaritaYadav informed that an order was received from higher authority to sensitise faith based organisations. She said that under new SOPs wherein relaxation were given to open places of worship, only 30 percent attendees will be sanctioned maintaining social distancing of 6 feet at any point of time, and allotted time would be from 5 a.m to 5 p.m. She advised all to keep sanitisers/thermal scanner at the ingressions.

USBLA secretary Dr. Apise stated that every civil society and religious bodies must adhere with the authorities and endeavor to make the district COVID free. All Baptist churches in town will remain closed till further order as apprised by the pastor. As per their representative, Catholic churches has expressed to remain closed till next order.

The following were discussed by members: Only asymptomatic persons will be sanctioned to attend places of worship. The members additionally decided to preclude: physically contacting of statues; choir singing; physical contact/handshake; sprinkling of Holy water; Sharing of  Prasad

The members additionally discussed on points to be followed: Utilization of face Mask to be indispensable; Alcohol-predicated hand sanitisers to be arranged; Seating arrangements to be made in such way that adequate physical distance is maintained in; Respiratory etiquettes are to be followed and expectorating will not be sanctioned; Place of worship should be disinfected between programs as per protocol; Posters/awareness materials to be exhibited prominently in local dialect.

Tuensang District

Training-cum-briefing and induction of volunteers

Task Force for COVID-19 Shamator sub-division, organised training-cum-briefing and induction of COVID-19 volunteers who were to be engaged in any exigencies related to COVID-19 tasks at DB’s court Shamator on June 12.

According to DIPR report, the objective was to acclimatise volunteers to the new environment and get them acquainted with all procedures while carrying out work.

Briefing the volunteers, ADC, chairman, TFfC-19, Shamator, Lankonsen Tsanglao, spoke on importance of following all safety norms related to COVID-19, further maintaining that  manpower was needed and  urged people to come forward voluntarily to overcome this pandemic. Medical team further sensitised volunteers for frequent hand wash, social distancing and wearing of masks and also reminded that PPE was mainly for health care workers who monitored patients in close contact, that it may not be necessary for volunteers as it also requires complex steps to wear one. 

The team also directed volunteers to mobilize public to follow protocols given by authority and to stop social stigmatization against volunteers, healthcare workers and all others frontline workers, including the patients.

Chairman 11 wards, Akumkhiung, also informed that quarantine centres in Shamator were exclusively run through community contribution, and therefore urged everyone to lend helping hands in all forms. A total of 17 volunteers attended the meeting. T. Takotoshi Jamir, BDO Shamator and DBs were also present in the meeting.  

Meeting held in Noklak regarding reopening of religious places 

Noklak sub-divisional administration held a consultative meeting with the church leaders, namely Khiamniungan Baptist Churches Association staff, pastors and deacons of all the churches in an around Noklak Hq at DB court ADC office Noklak to discuss on the matter pertaining to re-opening of churches for worship services on June 12.

According to DIPR report, the meeting decided that status quo will be maintained and that the church service will be kept in abeyance until such time when the individual churches were in a position to fulfil the criteria and conditions laid down by the government. The house identified the need for seminar/training with regard to preparation of disinfectants, from where to source, techniques of sensitization etc and therefore decided to approach the hospital Authority for assistance and guidance.

During the meeting, Dr. Jongyah, MO PHC Thonoknyu gave a short speech on the impact of stigmatization and discrimination on the COVID-19 patients and returnees. Stressing on the effect of the stigmatization and discrimination, he called upon all for raising awareness so as to reduce anxiety and stress that impairs immunity this worsening the psyche and well-being of the patients and people in quarantine.

Wokha District

F&CS Wokha provides ration for stranded migrants/labourers 

Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme (ANBY) free food grains were distributed to 323 households consisting of around 474 members at Tiyi hall, Wokha by the department of Food & Civil Supplies Wokha on June 13.

According to DIPR report, ANBY is a part of the government of India initiative for economic measures for providing food grains free of cost to the stranded migrants and labourers who were not covered under National Food Security Act or State Public Distribution System (PDS). The free ration includes 5 kgs of rice per person per month and one kilogram of chana per person per month, and this scheme will last for a period of two months that is May and June 2020. The main objective of the scheme is to help or mitigate their plight during this precarious COVID-19 pandemic crisis and to ensure availability of food grains to the.

Kohima District

STCC activities across the districts

State Tobacco Control Cell (STCC) under the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) continues to reinvent its activities across the districts amid the COVID-19 lockdown. 

A press release from STCC Nagaland district consultant, Linoka K. Awomi stated that, the following initiatives are being undertaken by the respective District Tobacco Control Cells (DTCC), while maintaining strict social distancing norms and guidelines. 

The department continues to prioritize the promotion of “tobacco free village” by identifying new villages, with the DTCC coordinating with village authorities to implement the norms and guidelines to achieve the status. Along with the local authorities and CSOs anti-tobacco enforcement drives are underway; penalizing the vendors and seizing the tobacco products.

Talks, seminars and miking on the prohibition order on sale of tobacco products and spitting in public places are being conducted. Poster campaigns are being carried out at strategic places like district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, government offices, market streets and in quarantine facilities. 

Another crucial campaign is the broadcast of anti-tobacco message in All India Radio FM Tragopan. As part of tobacco cessation programme, focused group discussions are being carried out with current tobacco users to facilitate quitting of the use of tobacco products. On June 6, an MoU was signed between NTCP and CIHSR, Dimapur for setting up of centre of excellence for tobacco cessation. 

Deputy commissioner, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha while handing over the free ration lauded the GoI initiative and coming up with such schemes to help the stranded citizens. He also asked the stranded citizens to inform authority in case of any difficulty and problem faced by them during such pandemic so that their problems can be addressed.

State report on COVID-19 lockdown

Joint secretary for Home department, Hiazu Meru issued the report on COVID-19 lockdown for Nagaland as on June 12 and stated that there was no violation of the lockdown nor incidents of law & order in the state. According to DIPR, the report on essential goods stated that shops for food grains and groceries and also milk shops remain opened in all the districts except Mokokchung. Medicine shops continue to remain open in all the districts while maintaining that there was no shortage of essential goods in the state.

It also informed that the movement of essential service providers like electricity/telecom facilities/medical facilities and personnel/workers in manufacturing units and commercial vehicles for distribution of essential goods was not restricted. The movement of e-commerce agents was also allowed without any hindrance.

In regard to the arrangements been made for providing food & shelter to effected migrant workers, it disclosed that the same arrangement is being continued and added that there is 1 (one) active relief camp and 1 (one) food.



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