COVID-19: Various preventive measures stepped up in the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/27/2020 10:24:02 AM IST

With the fear of community spread of COVID-19 in Nagaland, the state government and its agencies have reinforced various measures for safety of the citizens. The much awaited BSL-2 lab has been inaugurated at Dimapur to cater to the needs of the district. Much focus is also given on awareness of tobacco consumption and its harmful affects through the concerned authority. District administrations and concerned legislators continue to hold meetings on how best to contain spread of COVID-19. Some district administrations have ordered lockdown till further order due to possible community spread of the pandemic. Trainings and other vital measures are being organised for community awareness, while public have been requested to adhere to government guidelines like wearing mask, using sanitiser and maintaining social distancing. 

Zunheboto District

District Task Force & ZCMC meeting held in Zunheboto 

Advisor of Tourism, Art and Culture, Khehovi Yeptho visited Zunheboto district and held a meeting with DTF and ZCMC at deputy commissioner’s residence on June 27.  

According to DIPR report, in an interaction with the members, the advisor thanked and appreciated the efficiency of all those who have been working selflessly for the common cause during this hour of COVID19 pandemic. Advisor emphasized on the importance of awareness at the village level, who could be easily misinformed of do’s and don’ts, leading to catastrophic consequences, he stated. 

Further, he apprised the members about 4 nos of ventilators to be installed at the district Covid hospital by ministry of the concerned department at the earliest. He also informed that the current SOP shall be adhered to, till further order. Encouraging the frontline workers, he expressed sincerity on behalf of the government to work united at any given situation. Chairing the meeting, DC Peter Lichamo thanked the advisor for sparing time, reviewing the preparedness and situation at the district. 

Earlier, Dy. CMO, Dr. K Akaho Sema reporting on the details, specified that, so far the district had received 428 returnees of which 107 had completed the quarantine periods, both facility and home. 287 returnees were home quarantined at the moment. 499 nos of samples tested, out of which 344 were through TrueNat machine and 165 through BSL Kohima and 16 sample results were still awaited. The 3 positive patients in district Covid hospital are asymptomatic and doing well, he reported.

Tuensang District

Khehovi lays foundation stone for pilgrimage infrastructure

H. Khehovi also laid the foundation stone for the development of pilgrimage infrastructure in Nagaland (Prashad Scheme) 2019 on June 26 at Noksen (Tuensang). Advisor lauded Noksen village stating that since statehood the village has produced four ministers from their village which was a blessing. He said the state government identified the heritage site for development at Noksen where Godhula Brown, pioneer missionary visited the village from 1880-90 AD. He sought support and cooperation from the villagers for the successful completion of the project within the specified period. Khehovi said he was fully committed to maintain justice as a whole irrespective of tribal lines. He further said that the global pandemic has taught the Nagas to again start cultivating fields, rearing domestic animals which would lead to self-sufficiency. Er. Thungdemo Patton EE Tourism highlighted on the project. Programme was chaired by Moatemsu senior TO, while vote of thanks was pronounced by TokaTuccumi assistant director Tourism.

Dimapur District

Programme-cum-art competition on drug abuse

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking under the theme, “Better knowledge for better care” was observed by Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA), Prodigals’ Home on June 26 at Murise village, Dimapur.
A press release from IRCA Prodigal’s Home coordinator Apong Jamir stated that, residential counsellor, Longching Konyak, dwelled on the significance and impact of commemorating the annual event and called upon the youths to live drug free lives by becoming more aware of the perils of addiction and to use knowledge as a weapon against addiction and illicit trafficking. He also challenged the churches to play more pro-active roles in the fight against addiction. 
During the programme, an art competition on the theme, “Say no to drugs, yes to life” which had participants, numbering 24, from the villages of Murise, Tsithrongse and Diezephe was exhibited wherein Alongdi Sangtam and B. Moses Sangtam were declared winners.
The programme, apart from the staff and residents of the centre, was attended by the church members of Murise and Tsithrongse villages. Residential counsellor, Zubemo Lotha chaired the programme while the youth director, Tsithrongse Baptist Church shared his perspective on addiction. Invocation and benediction prayers were offered by the pastors of Murise and Tsithrongse Baptist Churches. 
TSUD temporarily suspends delivery of desktops
Tenyimi Students’ Union Dimapur (TSUD) has informed that due to disruption of courier services across the country because of COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of desktops have been suspended temporarily. 
A press release from TSUD deputy speaker Pouhemlung Rongmei and finance secretary, Pechesin Bukh informed that delivery would resume after July 15 or when the courier services resumes. 
All bookings will be suspended indefinitely. Union further informed any students who wanted to cancel their bookings may do so by sending their cancellation notice to 8515988973/8787509451.
Kiphire District
KSACCD on delimitation of Kiphire district 
Kiphire sadar assembly constituency committee on delimitation (KSACCD) has appealed on the creation of one or two more assembly constituencies by segregating the existing 59 & 60 assembly constituency as feasible.
A joint press release from KSACCD co-convener T. Zukimong Sangtam, co-convenor R. Joshua Sangtam and member K. Tsilise has stated that, Kiphire being one of the aspirational district needed large attention to address the untold miseries and to develop the quality of life of the people amidst difficult geographical hilly landscape.
KSACCD stated that delimitation of assembly constituencies in Kiphire district was vital to achieve a balanced progress and quick development of the socio-economic indicators of the district through an equitable and proportionate representation. 
The committee also deliberated over the growth and productivity aspects of the district and found that delimitation was very much conducive and opens a larger scope for growth and productivity of the district. Finally, the committee evaluated delimitation as a policy of fiscal injection to attain quick and steady progress of society.
Therefore, it appealed to let the delimitation commission exercise its full power as per the Delimitation Act 2002 and reconstitute the assembly constituencies of the state for better future of the citizens. 
Mon District
Mon DC issues series of notification
Consequent upon the increasing number of COVID positive cases in Mon district, DC Mon K. Thavaseelan K informed that in partial modification to the previous SOP, (May 30) transporting of essential commodities and other goods from Assam should cross Nagaland gate, Tizit latest by 11 a.m and move to the designated parking space for disinfection after which the vehicle should move out in a convoy for Mon at 12 p.m.
The vehicles carrying essential commodities/other goods from Assam to various sub-divisions of Mon district will unload the goods onto a local vehicle either in Tizit or Mon town thereafter the local vehicles will transport the same to various Sub-Divisions. Not more than one person shall accompany the driver in a vehicle and the drivers should maintain strict social distancing and wearing of masks and gloves will be compulsory. Only the vehicles with movement permits issued by the DC Mon and with proper documents will be allowed to transport essential commodities/other goods.
Vehicles carrying essential commodities/other goods from Assam should return after unloading the goods only and for no other purpose should they get down from the vehicle. Urinal and toilet facilities arranged at highway between Lampong Sheanghah and Mon villaged can be used by the drivers before and after entering Mon town.
If any local driver of these vehicles decide to stay for the night in their own villages, the village COVID Task Forces and the village councils should arrange accommodation for the drivers and they should be isolated from the rest of the villagers and families. Food should be arranged by their families and handed over to the volunteers on duty. Drivers are strictly prohibited to meet anyone in the village. Vehicles carrying essential commodities/other goods will be allowed entry into Mon only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and vehicles from Assam transporting livestock should reach Mon town, unload their goods and leave Mon town latest by 8 a.m.
Police, DBs, DTO & PTAM shall monitor the entry of vehicles to Mon town at the committee gate and shall ensure that all the vehicles that entered the town should leave town after unloading by 8 p.m.
Vehicles coming from Assam to carry tea leaves and boulders will be allowed on all days of the week except Sunday strictly following SOPS. Fruits and vegetables vendors along the highway should mandatorily wear mask and glove and should collect the payment in a polythene bag and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from the customers.
Vehicles are strictly prohibited to halt in the inhabited areas along the route and that violation of any of the SOPs will entail action under Sec.188 National Disaster Act.  
OPD and emergency services at district hospital suspended
DC also notified that in view of the on-going sanitisation process at the District Hospital Mon and simultaneous COVID-19 sample collection based on contact tracing, the Out Patient Department (OPD) and emergency services at the District Hospital remain suspended from June 26 to 28. General public are informed that temporary arrangement for OPD and emergency services have been activated at Rapha Hospital, Mon and are informed to avail the facilities from Rapha Hospital during the suspension period.
Wokha District
Bhandari BTF consultative meeting
Bhandari Block Task Force (BTF) held a consultative meeting on COVID-19 at the conference hall of the additional deputy commissioner Bhandari on June 26, to review the management of the pandemic in the sub-division. According to DIPR report, in the meeting chaired by ADC and chairman BTF Bhandari, Tiameren Chang, Dr. Riku Khutso, EAC Bhandari informed that 35 quarantine intimates have been released after completing 14 days institutional quarantine at Bhandari and sent for home quarantine. The house decided that the SOP and protocol implemented successfully at four quarantine centres Bhandari sub-division shall remain same until further notice. ADC, Bhandari urged police personnel to strictly check all 3 check gates of Bhandari town and allow only vehicles with valid permit, except essentials commodities and emergency services. He also expressed sincere gratitude to members of BTF Bhandari for giving the best efforts for the benefit of people in fighting against the COVID-19.

Longleng District
DEF Longleng conduct online video competition
In connection with International Day against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the DEF Longleng conducted an open online video competition on the topic “Impact of drugs in Longleng” on June 26. According to DIPR report, The result of the online competition was declared on June 26, Konaei Shangdok, Kohima, Hom-mei S Phom, Noklangkhong Longleng and Pangilenla T Phom, Model Colony, Purana Bazar, Dimapur bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. 
Consolation prize winners were I. Akum Kichu, Sungkomen Ward, Mokokchung, K. Chingmei, Yongam village, Longleng, Y. Lehotandet Phom, Shayung Ward, Longleng and Tongpangkumluk Phom, Alayong village, Longleng.  They will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 2500, 1500 and 1000 respectively for the first, second and third and Rs. 500 each as consolation prize will be given to 4 persons. The video of the first prize winner is uploaded in the face book page of the District Executive Force Longleng. The winners of the competition are requested to contact the mobile number 9612411925 for further details. To mark the day, the DEF Longleng along with the district administration also destroyed the seized tobacco products in the presences of the civil societies.
Meanwhile, District Task Force on Bati Bachao Bati Padhao (BBBP) along with Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK)-DLCW celebrated birth of girl babies at district makeshift hospital, Longleng as continuous activities of the BBBP and MSK in the district. MSK team led by the Phumla WWO, MSK and Tutitungla, district coordinator, MSK presented gift items and certificates to the new born baby girls. MSK team also visited the COVID-19 community kitchen run by the Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA) women wing and presented gift hamper to 18 women who are volunteering their tireless service since Covid-19 kitchen began functioning at PBCA, Lempong. 
Phek District
Sensitisation and training on COVID-19
Training on COVID-19 for officers and staffs of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Service and Social Welfare departments was conducted at conference hall, District Hospital Phek on June 26. 
A press release from NHM Phek district media officer, Kutolu Nakro stated that, CMO Phek, Dr.Vibeituonuo Mepfuo in her keynote address highlighted the main objectives of the training. 
She reiterated that with the increasing cases in the state, the Health department would need the support and assistance from the allied departments in case of any eventuality. CMO also acknowledged the Anganwadi workers (AWW) for their continued support on community based activities and also further sought their cooperation during this time of need. She also thanked the departments for promptly responding and adhering to the training imparted by the medical department. Practical demonstration of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donning and doffing was also given by a nurse of District Hospital. The participants were trained and sensitised on containment strategy, contact tracing, rational use of PPE, management of dead bodies etc. The resource persons from the Health department included Dr. Lanuakum (DSO), Dr. Kolhitso Khalo (DPO RCH/UIP) and Dr. Wetshelo T.Mero (senior paediatrician), District Hospital Phek.
Mokokchung District
SEMB installs fabricated waste bin in Mokokchung
Socio Environment Management Board (SEMB) Aongza Ward Mokokchung has provided 25 fabricated plastic waste bins within the ward to beautify and keep the environment clean on June 26.
A press release from SEMB Mokokchung stated that, the plastic waste bins were dedicated in the presence of Aongza ward local authority and officials of the Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC).
SEMB chairman Lima Aier appreciated all the donors and volunteers who had contributed to the success of the project. He stated that the bins were not just to collect the waste but also to aesthetic beautification to the surrounding area. 
The release also stated that SEMB members will be monitoring the collection and disposal of the plastic wastes which shall be send to the plastic recycling collection point, trained by the Mokokchung Municipal Council.


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