COVID-19: Visits, advisories, preventive measures continue

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/9/2020 12:44:26 PM IST

Legislators have been visiting their respective in-charge districts to take stock of the level of preparedness against COVID-19 pandemic. District administration has also been continuously issuing directives, taking preventive measures and monitoring the movement of public during lockdown. At the border areas, every possible measure is being undertaken to disinfect any incoming trucks to deter the possible outbreak of the pandemic. 

Peren district

Temjen Imna Along visits CHC Jalukie: Minister of Higher & Technical Education & Tribal Affairs and Minister in-charge for Peren district on COVID-19, Temjen Imna Along visited CHC Jalukie with advisor of Water Resource Namri Nchang on April 9 for a review meeting with the doctors and staff to assess the availability of resources and measures adopted to fight against COVID-19. 

According to DIPR report, In a meeting with the Medical staff, district administration Peren and Police, the minister stated that if any positive COVID-19 case was detected in Nagaland it would become a burden and urged the gathering to seek God’s protection. He appealed to the people to be independent for any pandemic and with the minimum resources to give out maximum output. 

He urged the Medical staff to make use of the resources to fight against COVID-19 by creating more awareness in the district even at the grassroot level. Namri Nchang also lauded the Medical staff of CHC Jalukie as well as those who assigned for duty in the CHC for their overall performance. Minister also visited the isolation ward and inspected the personal protective equipments (PPEs) supplied. 

Earlier, Dr. Dennis Hangsing CMO Peren, Dr. Nukshisangla DIO & Dr. Supongmenla Dy.CMO Peren also highlighted about the district preparedness for tackling COVID-19. Temjen Imna Along and Namri Nchang also visited Tening on the same day. The legislators briefed the government officials and public for precautionary measures for COVID-19 and also inspected the hospital and offices located in Tening. They were accompanied by DC Sentiwapang Aier and CMO Peren. Free distribution of masks to the people and interaction were the highlights of the visit.

Wokha district

Legislator takes stock of Bhandari sub-division: Advisor of IT Science &Technology and NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon visited his A/C Bhandari sub-division, along with deputy commissioner, Wokha Orenthung Lotha, and DDMA, Wokha, to take stock of the COVID-19 situation and to have a firsthand assessment of preparedness as of April 9. According to DIPR report, prior to touring the quarantine centres he held consultative interaction with the block task force, Bhandari, at the official residence of the additional deputy commissioner, Bhandari. Highlighting on the role of the BTF, Bhandari, in ensuing public health safety from COVID-19, ADC Bhandari, Tiameren Chang said that all possible preventive measures were being undertaken by all concerned teams. He also informed that village councils in the border areas and community participation in cooperating with the district administration was proving to be helpful in sealing of the long stretch of the porous inter-border area where security personnel are patrolling 24X7. President, Lotha Lower Range Public Organization also expressed confidence that the competent authorities will continue to keep the general populace safe through creating preventive awareness. Mmhonlumo Kikon said that the ongoing clearance work on Nagaland foothill road under Bhandari sub-division which is sponsored by him will help to carry essential commodities to the villages in the border areas.

During his tour of the quarantine centres he also interacted with the management authorities.

He also gave sanitizer and mask for the COVID-19 frontline workers and financial assistance to the district administration, Police and community health centre (CHC) Bhandari.

He was accompanied by officials from District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Wokha and a host of BTF, Bhandari members and NGO COVID-19 volunteers.

Longleng district

Village Guard Longleng disinfects tanker truck: In Longleng district, the administration has been disinfecting trucks entering the district. According to DIPR report, the Village Guard (VG) personnel has been spraying disinfectant on  tanker trucks before crossing the lockdown check gate Longleng at Dikhu river.

DC Longleng issues guidelines for utilisation of GIA: Deputy commissioner (DC), Longleng M. Shayung Phom has directed to all the BDOs and village councils under Longleng district to strictly follow the guidelines for utilisation of 50 % of VDB household Grant-In-Aid (GIA) 2019-20 solely for the purpose of combating COVID-19 and diversion of the fund to any other works or purpose shall not be permitted. According to DIPR report, all village should designated a government school as COVID-19 quarantine center and fund should be utilised for renovation of the rooms, construction of toilets (one toilet per room), electrification and water supply connection in the quarantine centre. The remaining fund should be utilised for procurement of basic necessities including essential commodities. DC also directed to submit VDB fund utilisation report along with detail report of the work done with photos for prove through their respective administrative officer.

Dimapur district

BAN initiates sale of organic vegetables: Business Association of Nagas (BAN) after getting permission from district administration to source produce of local farmers from various districts of Nagaland, has started making them available in Dimapur. A press release from BAN media cell stated that, on Thursday, BAN initiated sale of the organic vegetables from local farmers at DC Court Junction.  Earlier this week, BAN had highlighted the concerns of the village councils and local traders being discriminated in the wholesale market. In this regard, while appreciating the district administration, DMC and DCCI for taking prompt measures, BAN has also requested the authorities to keep a check on the price of essential commodities. BAN also stated that due to lockdown many local farmers are not able to avail transportation for delivery of their produce to the markets, whereby BAN is filling up this gap. BAN will also make available a variety of fresh organic vegetables, fruits, poultry etc. at various locations in Dimapur.  Citizens can visit BAN’s website or call 9436012590 / 700560977 to know details about sale locations.

IRCS Dimapur branch volunteers: Indian Red Cross Society, Dimapur district branch is collaborating with Dimapur administration by offering 500 volunteers in a meeting held with the deputy commissioner at his office on April 9. A press release from IRCS Dimapur vice chairman, Ajay Sethi stated that, under the guidance of district administration, Red Cross volunteers are manning fair price shops, ATMs, Grocery shops, community kitchens, vegetable markets etc on need basis to maintain social distancing in the crowded areas all around Dimapur district. Red Cross, Dimapur has distributed Red Cross jerseys, sanitizers, hand gloves, masks to most of its volunteers to contribute selfless service wherever possible. Any volunteer in the age group of 20 to 50 years can reach out to IRCS Dimapur at 9436012641. 

DBPF calls for mass prayers:  Diphupar Baptist Pastor Fellowships (DBPF), informed that churches in Diphupar (irrespective of denominations) will ring their church bells for 3 minutes, whereby a pastor will lead the prayer from Diphupar Village Council (DVC) laud-hailer (public address system). A press release from president, DBPF, N Lipok Jamir, requested all within the audible range of the PA system to join the prayer from their respective homes/places, and for those who are beyond the reach of PA system, to spend some time in community (mass) prayer wherever you may be when the bells are rang. DBPF also requested all to remember some prayer points, praise and thank God for keeping state safe from COVID-19; Pray for protection of the village from COVID-19; Pray for the protection of all frontline warriors against Covid-19; Pray to stop flow of alcoholism (pray for a alcohol free village); Pray for Village Council leaders that God lead them in robust health and His divine wisdom; Pray for prosperity, peace and harmony in the village.

NDPP Dimapur-II informs on ration card: NDPP Dimapur-II A/C has informed that those who do not have ration card, particularly daily wagers/workers in unorganised sector and stranded students within the jurisdiction may contact NDPP Dimapur-II A/C. A press release from NDPP Dimapur-II A/C Supu Jamir stated that, one may contact at 9856542898/9089971585/8837355271/8575394092/7005528041. 

Mon district

DC Mon issues series of directives and advisory: Deputy commissioner (DC) Mon has issued notification in the interest of public health and safety, and with an aim to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. According to DIPR report, the various directives issued are: All shops within Mon town are directed to remain open only for four days in a week i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, while banks, ATMs and pharmacies shall remain open on all working days; Daily timings have been allocated from 8 a.m to 1 p.m; Only one person from a household will be permitted to go out for purchase of essential commodities, medicines and visit ATM only on the production of public movement permit in original. A sincere appeal has been made to all concerned for cooperation and compliance. 

DC Mon also notified that public in the villages and towns are facing problems due to their inability to access banking facilities because of the present situation. According to DIPR report, teams from India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) & Banking Correspondent (BC) Customer Service Point (CSP) representatives (State Bank of India) will be visiting the villages to facilitate withdrawal of cash. In regard to the visit of banking correspondents (BC)/ customer service point (CSP) representatives (State Bank of India), the village councils are requested to contact C. Yanthan, lead district manager, Lead Bank Office, Mon on the following numbers 8837358017 / 8974246573. The respective village councils and ward councils have been requested to make necessary arrangements and ensure that proper queue/line is maintained and social distancing is practiced. 

They are also requested to provide water and soap for hand wash at the venue. DC Mon, also issued the following directives: All shops within Mon Town shall remain open only for 4 (four) days in a week i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Banks, ATMs and Pharmacies shall remain open on all working days; The daily timing will be from 8 a.m to 1 p.m; Only 1 (one) person from a household will be permitted to go out for purchase of essential commodities, medicines and visit ATM only on the production of public movement permit in original. 

In this regard, a sincere appeal is made to all concerned for co-operation and compliance please. DC further informed that no vehicular blockade can be erected on national/state highways inside Mon district, to facilitate uninterrupted flow of essential commodities and services. The sealing of borders of the district is exempt from the purview of this order.

Kohima district

Government notifies on livestock health care services: Chief secretary of Nagaland, Temjen Toy has notified that in view of the declared lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic by the state government, it is necessary to include the services of the department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary services to ensure availability of livestock health care services and food commodities of livestock origin identified as essential requirement. Department  hereby notify that all related facilities including production units & dairy processing plants shall remain functional as per the list appended herewith under the following categories: All veterinary hospitals, veterinary dispensaries, veterinary health centre’s, laboratories, disease diagnostics & quarantine check posts including private veterinary clinics and pharmacies within the jurisdiction of Nagaland state shall remain functional during the lock down period as per exception provided under clause (3) of Guideline under reference; All livestock & poultry farming operations both under government & private sector shall be continued during the lock down period as per exception provided at clause (4) (l) of Guideline under reference; Animal feed plants both under government & private sector including transportation/ inter-state movement of animal feed & fodder being essential item shall remain operational as per exception covered at clause (6) of Guideline under reference; All dairy processing plants shall remain operational ensuring procurement from producer farmers and smooth supply of milk & milk products to consumers as per provided exception at clause (5) (a) of guideline. All concerned functionaries and personnel are therefore, requested to discharge their responsibility with the strictest adherence to personal hygiene/workplace hygiene and safety as per guideline prescribed by WHO and the regulations of the state government during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Except in the dispensation of their duties, the functionaries are advised to strictly desist from misuse of movement other than in their assigned area of work/route which may invite appropriate action under the present diktats in force. 

DC Kohima informs on helpline numbers for further action: Deputy Commissioner Kohima Gregory Thejawelie has informed that in view of the COVID-19 crisis and to contain the outbreak of the infection in the district all are hereby directed to authenticate any person who have entered to the colony/ward/villages after March 6, 2020 and have not reported to the Medical department to compulsorily report to the help line numbers 8837093602/7005464959. Further all colony/ward/village have also been directed to check, authenticate and report (if any) to the helpline numbers above for further action of the Medical department.

Para military forces extend help: 78 BN CRPF Zubza under commandant (AOL) Ram Chandra and 93rd BN BSF Chedema assisted the Kohima district administration in transporting and distributing of relief materials to Chiephobozou, Botsa, Jakhama and Kezocha on April 9. According to DIPR report, Kohima district administration has been distributing relief materials since March 31 to all those struggling to acquire essential commodities  during the lockdown period  under Kohima district especially the daily wage earners, stranded travelers and students who find it hard to sustain themselves because of the countrywide lockdown. Till date the Kohima district administration has distributed relief materials to more than 30,000 people under Kohima Municipal Area alone and have been sending trucks laden with essential commodities particularly rice to all the different sub-divisions and villages under Kohima district. SDRF and volunteers of various organisations have also been assisting the Kohima district administration on a daily basis in distributing the relief materials to all those in need.

Tuensang district

Tuensang DTF visits COVID-19 quarantine centre 1: Tuensang district task force (DTF) led by deputy commissioner, Kumar Ramnikant visited the Tuensang District COVID-19 quarantine center 1 at Sao Chang Government College on April 9. According to DIPR report, the quarantine center has been established at college auditorium and college hostels which can accommodate 30 individuals and another 30 at Polytechnic Sedam. 

Zunheboto district

Disinfection drive in Zunheboto town: District administration along with Fire and Emergency services, Zunheboto, undertook a disinfection drive in Zunheboto town on April 9. 

Trucks carrying essential commodities coming into the town from Assam were also disinfected as well as the town area including ATM booths.  


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