COVID-19: Thermal screening intensified

COVID-19: Thermal screening intensified
A person being screened at New Field Check gate on Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/19/2020 12:34:35 PM IST

After a lot of hue and cry over insufficient initiative on the part of the State’s Health agencies to prevent spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Dimapur finally witnessed medical staff screening denizens at various points around the town on Thursday.

While passengers were screened at Dimapur airport, other entry points to the State were left largely unattended, thereby increasing risk of people getting infected with COVID 19 as travellers entered the State easily.

Finally, from 6 a.m. Thursday, locations like railway station, Dillai check gate and New Field check gate witnessed screening of individuals. And till 12 noon, over 8,000 people were screened at two locations, out of which 17 were advised home isolation or medical treatment at the earliest.

Dimapur chief medical officer (CMO) Dr T Pangjung Sangtam informed Nagaland Post that screening would be conducted round-the-clock on rotational basis, with four to five health workers being posted at each of the mentioned locations. He added that a roster till April 8 had been made, whereby everyone entering the State would be screened by medical staff posted at these locations.

Medical staff posted at various locations informed this reporter that all those whose body temperature recorded 100-degree Fahrenheit and above on the thermo scanner were advised medical check-up and home isolation. Contact numbers of such people were taken for assistance and follow-ups.

For precautionary measures, CMO advised denizens to avoid social gatherings, unnecessary travel and to regularly wash hands.



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