COVID-19: Preventive measures steps up in the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/27/2020 9:58:00 AM IST

With more COVID-19 positive cases emerging in Nagaland state, the government and district administrations have stepped up preventive measures particularly in the quarantine centres. Concerned authorities have been carrying out sanitisation of various quarantine centres to control the spread of COVID-19. Meetings and trainings in regard to the present situation is being conducted in various districts as preparedness activity. New SOP for quarantine centres are also being issued by respective district administration. Meanwhile, civil organisations have appealed to the public and those in quarantine to follow strict protocol to contain the dreaded virus. Public have been asked not to panic but to continue using the preventive essentials like mask, sanitiser and social distancing for the safety of all. 


Automatic body sanitiser installed at NLA

As part of its preparedness to facilitate the functioning of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) secretariat in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, secretary NLA, Dr. P.J. Antony has informed that it has installed an automatic body sanitiser at its main entry door on May 27. According to DIPR report, the sanitiser developed by the Kudatech Skill Centre, Dimapur was set up along with the automatic hand sanitiser dispensers in the context of the series of meetings of the assembly committees scheduled during the coming days. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the chairmanship of advisor, School Education, K.T. Sukhalu held its first meeting of the year in the assembly committee room on May 27.

Meriema quarantine centre sanitised by NDRF
One sub team of 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh, stationed at 4th NAP Thizama carried out sanitisation drive in view of COVID-19 at the premises of Meriema quarantine centre Kohima, to stop the spread of Coronavirus infection on May 27. A press release from 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh stated that, sub inspector K. P. Singh (team leader) briefed the people in quarantine about social distancing and personal behaviour. 
NDRF team sprayed sodium hypochlorite and water mixed solution in entire buildings of the quarantine centre at Meriema. Rescuers of 12th Bn NDRF sprayed the disinfectant by jet spray and motorized spray machines, fully equipped with their PPE.
State law & order situation report on COVID-19
State Emergency Operation Centre COVID-19 control room, Home department has issued the report on law & order across the state as on May 26.  According to DIPR report, joint secretary Hiazu Meru stated that, while remedial steps were taken against violations, 109 vehicles were challaned  under MV Act and imposed fines of Rs, 15.400 (fifteen thousand four hundred). Further the report stated that, shops for food grains, groceries, medicine and milk were opened in all the districts. It is also said that, there was no report of any shortage of food grains, groceries, milk or medicine in the state. Further, the report stated that, there was no restriction on movement of essential service providers like electricity, telecom facilities, medical facilities etc and personnel/workers in manufacturing units and commercial vehicles for distribution of essential commodities and e-commerce.
Suitable arrangements have been made for providing food and shelter to migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The report stated that from 2 (two) active relief shelters camps 15 (fifteen) persons were housed and from 2 (two) active food camps more than 1224 (one thousand two hundred twenty four) daily wagers/needy persons were provided with food and dry rations by government and NGOs.
DC Mon informs on SOP for quarantine centres
Deputy commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K has given the following SOP for all quarantine centres. According to DIPR report, the SOPs are: In every quarantine centre, police personnel, volunteers from KSU should be stationed at all times and timely updates to be given to the officer-in-charge/convener, empowered group. They should ensure that the quarantine protocols are being followed. Social distancing norms should be followed at all times; Purchase and accommodation committee with the help of the war room and the civil societies shall coordinate with the parents and guardians of the returnees in regard to the mattresses and other essential items for use at the designated quarantine centre; Purchase and accommodation committee shall also allot the rooms of the returnees and ensure that the amenities such as bedding, gift hampers courtesy Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Mon and other essentials donated by NGOs/civil societies, pillows/bed sheets etc. are made available at the designated quarantine centre; Officer-in-charge shall ensure that all amenities and basic facilities are in place before the arrival of the returnees; Officer-in-charge along with the reception and counseling committee shall receive the passengers on their arrival at the quarantine centres. A brief orientation will be given by the officer-in-charge to the returnees regarding the rules and regulations to be followed at the quarantine centre; The contact details of the officer-in-charge, medical team, war room helpline, water/sanitation committee and meal schedules will be pasted at all the centres; Officer-in-charge of the quarantine facility will coordinate with the various committees of the empowered group for COVID-19, Mon district in case of emergencies and difficulties faced by the quarantined persons; Those quarantined persons who are under mental stress and in need of counselling can contact the ANCA ( All Nagaland Counsellors’ Association) helpline number; Visitors are not allowed to meet the residents of the quarantine centres under any circumstance; All waste to be disposed off and burned in the waste pit within the quarantine centre; Protocols such as use of masks, gloves, social distancing should be followed while delivering water, food etc.
Meeting of DTF members held in Kiphire
DTF members held a meeting on May 26 at DPDB hall with deputy commissioner Kiphire chairing the programme. 
According to DIPR report, while deliberating on returnees, Medical department advised that virus (COVID-19) incubation period was zero to a fortnight, so persons released from institutional quarantine should be followed by obligatory fortnight in home quarantine. It was decided that male returnees be sent to respective quarantine in Seyongchung and Pungro quarantine, and females to be placed at the institutional quarantine at Kiphire town. SP Erie Kajire thanked civil societies and public for co-operating with the department through which law and order situation in the district was smooth so far. 
As appraised by Veterinary department, the members decided to control free forms of kineticism of animals especially canines felines and poultries in town/villages, as a component of the quantifications taken in containment of COVID-19. 
An order is to be issued by administration to controlling it by way of chaining or caged. Owners, ward authorities/village authorities are to take responsibility. Supply department apprised that so far 13 villages under Pungro have distributed food grains from PMGKAY and normal supply will commence from May 27 onwards. 
Food grains are to be distributed to migrant workers under “Atma Nirbhar Bharat Programme”. So far, 52 persons have been identified out of 132 migrant workers as reported by inspector, Supply department Kiphire. DC thanked the Medical, Police, subordinating officers and all the DTF members and civil societies for cooperation.
Training on sampling procedures and PPE
In view of COVID-19 pandemic, training on sampling procedures and donning and doffing of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) was imparted to laboratory technicians and medical attendants of Phek district on May 26 at District Hospital Phek.
A press release by district media officer, NHM Phek informed that detailed training on the steps of sampling procedures and its guidelines were disseminated by the resource persons Dr. Lanuakum, Dr. K. Kuotsu and Dr. Wethselo. 
Training on donning and doffing of PPE through demonstration was done by DH nurse Velulu.
The release said the training was necessitated as laboratory technicians and medical attendants play a vital role in containing COVID-19 outbreak. 

Zunheboto DISTRICT
SAH appeals citizens to extend support to administration
Sumi Aphuyemi Hoho (SAH) Pughoboto has appealed its citizens that returnees should be received with proper care and in consultation with district administration and COVID-19 officials.
A press release from SAH information and publicity secretary, K. A. Jacob stated that, since the Coronavirus has reached the state, one should not panic but extend support to administration in every possible way to contain further spread of the virus. 
Hoho also appealed the village council, churches and different organisations in the Aphuyemi area and Aphuyemi based organisations of different parts of the state, to extend helping hand to the district administration whenever the need arise with strict protocol.
While stating that administration and government are doing its best, the SAH also added that as responsible citizens, one should follow the protocol set up by the health experts. 
Installation of drinking water drums
45th Assam Rifles along with Chambers of Commerce Shamator assisted in installing drinking water drums in community quarantine centres at Shamator town, informed a DIPR report. 


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