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COVID-19: Visits, meetings, appeals and preventive measures

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/11/2020 10:29:16 AM IST

Meetings continue to be held to assess the level of preparedness in the state to combat possible outbreak of COVID-19 in Nagaland. Legislators have been busy visiting various districts to oversee the progress of measures being undertaken. District administrations have also been giving out appeals, directives and taking preventive measures for the health safety of the citizens. 

 Kiphire district

Minister in-charge for COVID-19 visits Kiphire: Minister of Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining V. Kashiho Sangtam and advisor of School Education in-charge of Kiphire for COVID-19, K. T Sukhalu accompanied by T. Seopi Sangtam president United Sangtam Likhüm Pümji (USLP) held a review meeting to assist the preparedness with district task force (DTF) members at DC’s conference hall on Saturday. 

Addressing DTF members V. Kashiho Sangtam lauded the district administration, Police, Medical fraternity and civil societies for extending support and cooperation towards the government in fight against COVID-19 stating that the only way to defeat the disease was to strictly abide and enforce government policy and guidelines. Stressing on the importance for community to maintain social distancing, he urged upon the people of Kiphire to have healthy personal hygiene to protect oneself from the disease. He also assured the members that government was well prepared to tackle any case if it arises. He informed that those students and youths from Nagaland who are working in other states and wanted to return home after the lockdown is lifted will be quarantined at Dimapur and Kohima. He assured DTF of all help and support and in this regard urged upon district administration to submit the list of any materials that may be needed in the district and further handed over 1 lakh to the district administration towards COVID-19 fund. K. T Sukhalu said he was very satisfied with the preparedness after inspecting and going through the plan set in place by the Kiphire Medical department. He said that government was advising all those youths who are stranded in different parts of India to be there at their own place as of now if it’s not an emergency. He assured the DTF members that any problem faced by the district will be looked into and taken up at the highest level. 

As chairperson of DTF Sarita Yadav, deputy commissioner, Kiphire thanked the visiting dignitaries and also informed that lockdown in Kiphire is being enforced successful with the help and full cooperation from the general public of Kiphire. Addl. SP Kiphire informed the house that Police department Kiphire has received one new ambulance from the Police headquarter being kept as standby for any eventuality. (Correspondent)

Kiphire COVID-19 DTF held meeting: Kiphire DTF for COVID-19 held a meeting on April 8 at the DPDB hall, chaired by deputy commissioner Sarita Yadav. According to DIPR report, in the meeting it was agreed that Kiphire District Hospital will be converted to isolation centre (COVID-19 Hospital) and therefore, the general patients will have to be shifted to the old building (Kiphire District Hospital). DUDA girls hostel, DUDA boys hostel, 14 IR camp and Zisaji Presidency College Kiphire have been identified for the quarantine. While in Pungro sub-division GA Rest House has been marked for purpose of quarantine. Motsuthung CMO said that 1 (one) ventilator has been received and it will be placed at the COVID-19 ICU. Apart from this, he also gave reports on receiving 40 PPE, 1750 N95 mask, five thermal scanner, 2900 triple layer mask. 5 bottles 500 ml hand sanitizer received was said to have been distributed to hospitals at Pungro, Longmatra, Amahator, Sitimi and Likhimro.

Deputy commissioner Sarita thanked and appreciated the Medical, Police departments and the civil societies for co-operating well with the administration in fight for COVID-9. She reminded the members that the grant in aid sanctioned under RD has to be judiciously utilised for the purpose of quarantine in the villages and also informed that all supplies received in connection to  Covid-19 should be distributed with the knowledge of the chairperson DTF.  Superintendent of Police Kiphire in his briefing has said that the law and order situation in Kiphire was normal. He also added that international border have been sealed by setting up checkpoints at the junctions of Longmatra, Yangzitong, and Longthonger.

Kohima district

Legislators review meeting on COVID-19 held in Kohima: Legislators in-charge of monitoring Kohima COVID-19, minister of Housing & Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum and advisor of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire along with advisor Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, R. Khing, Khriehu Liezietsu and Keneizhakho Nakhro MLAs held a review meeting with district task force (DTF) members, Angami Public Organisation (APO) and its frontal organisations in the DPDB Hall, Kohima on April 11.  According to DIPR report, Tongpang informed that the legislators in-charge of Kohima along with DTF team visited almost all CHCs, PHCs, quarantine centres, isolation wards and COVID-19 Hospitals set up at various locations under the district and examined their preparedness levels. He thanked all the line departments, villages, towns councils APO, AYO, ASU, AMK, KVYO and all other civil societies for coming forward and providing assistance to the district administration and police for various lockdown measures. Observing the necessity of availability of essential commodities in villages and towns and also water supply for the people, the minister suggested for constitution of core committee to assist the villages and also to monitor water supply in the district. On the issue of movement of water tanker, Dr. Nicky Kire said that some private parties along with DC Kohima and KMC have been trying their best to arrange water for all the residents in Kohima. Informing that the meeting was specifically convened to discuss on how to go about after the 21 lockdown was over, Tongpang invited for opinion and suggestions from the members, where APO, AYO, ASU, AMK shared various areas of concerns for the welfare of all the general public as well as the targeted group. The meeting decided to propose the following points to the higher authority: To demand for lockdown to continue; Seal the inter-state border and monitor properly; Movement of people stranded in the district to their respective district and to take care of Naga people coming back from other states with their transportation and quarantine facilities. The legislators visited COVID-19 Hospital NHAK, Kohima and inspected the cordoned area and monitored and assessed the plans and preparation undertaken by the NHAK. Dr. Thong from NHAK gave a powerpoint presentation on the action plan of NHAK on COVID-19.

Noklak district

ADC Noklak informs on distribution of rice: ADC, Noklak has stated that 300 quintals of rice is released for Noklak block as part of relief measures for COVID-19. According to DIPR report, ADC mentioned that, the following instructions may be followed: Allocation of Rice to Village is done as per Household data and list of daily wages submitted by the respective councils; The relief rice sent from DDMA can be collected from PDS godown at Noklak town, from where the regular AAY & PHH rice is collected by Villages during normal times; At times of distribution, Village council are directed to give preference to give preference to daily wage labourers, destitute and migrants in the village; All govt. job holders, persons having ration cards and beneficiaries of MNREGA should be mandatorily excluded; The village councils should keep a record of distribution of all the beneficiaries, along with person’s name, signature and quantity of rice distributed; It may be noted that the PDS rice (AAY & PHH) meant for April-May month is released in advance. Therefore, village councils may collect the rice sent by DDMA at the same time of collecting PDS rice; Of 300 quintals, 50 quintals is kept as reserve to meet exigencies and to meet requirement of quarantined people; Village of Thonoknyu block and Panso block have been directed to contact respective administration officer for distribution plan of respective blocks.

Mon district

DC Mon information and directives: Deputy commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K, informed that 2 (two) months priority households (PHH) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) rice for the months of May and June is being given by the government in advance. According to DIPR report, in addition to this, 5 kgs of free rice for each person in the household of PHH and AAY ration card holders will be given under Pradhan Mantra Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) every month for 3 months (April, May, June). If any fair price shop (FPS) or village council under Mon district is found selling or misusing the free rice, criminal proceedings will be initiated in addition to immediate cancellation of license of the fair price shop (FPS) or dissolution of the village council whichever is applicable. Any complaint in this regard can be directly sent to 8974406511/8414951445. DC has also informed that the district administration has decided to deliver water at the doorsteps in order to tackle the shortage of water. The rate has been fixed at Rs. 500 for 1000 litres. The following number may be contacted for availing the service 8731058778. In addition, the DC has notified that, any person who has entered the colony/ward/village after March 6 till date has to be mandatorily reported to the district helpline numbers at 9862014033/9862078993/7005687775. Further, all colony/ward/village authorities have been directed to check, authenticate and report any such person to the helpline nos. above for further action of the Health and family Welfare department, Mon. DC also notified that of all concerned under Mon district that all agencies engaged in farming operations and other agriculture related activities are exempted from the lockdown. Therefore, movement of farmers and other persons involved in agriculture activities should not be restricted. Deputy commissioner Mon also notified that the timing for opening of shops has been changed to 10 a.m till 2 p.m with immediate effect.

Tuensang district

DC Tuensang issues vehicle requisition order: Deputy commissioner Tuensang and chairman district task force on COVID-19, Kumar Ramnikant has requisitioned the official vehicles of the under mentioned officers for emergency COVID-19 related duties: Executive engineer WRD, district horticulture officer, chief veterinary officer, assistant registrar of cooperatives, district fisheries officer, urban development officer, district planning officer, sr. treasury officer, district agriculture officer, principal Sao Chang College, assistant controller of Legal Metrology, district programme officer ICDS, district welfare officer and superintendent of Taxes. The vehicles are expected to be in good running condition and it shall, along with attached/official driver be available anytime on call. Further, all the officers who are not in the station presently have been directed to report back immediately with their official vehicles and to remain in station during the lockdown period. Failure to comply with this order shall invite prosecution as per provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. 

Tuensang district DTF review meeting: Tuensang district task force 9DTF) to fight preventing against COVID 19 held a review meeting at DC’s conference hall Tuensang on 9April 9 under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner, Kumar Ramnikant. According to DIPR report, two more quarantine centres namely Sao Chang Government College and Government Polytechnic Sedam has been added. Since from now there will be only institutional quarantine, Dr. John the nodal officer Tuensang for COVID-19 updated on the equipment and facilities of the district to the house. The forum also discussed on the containment plan for which ADC Tuensang and ECS have been entrusted to finalize the plan. The house also decided to conduct a mock drill as awareness and preparedness check and on extra checkings on the trespassing by local commuters at the Myanmar border.

Zunheboto district

NDPP Zunheboto lauds district administration: NDPP Zunheboto has lauded the efforts being carried out by district administration in view of COVID-19 lockdown. 

A press release from NDPP Zunheboto media and communication stated that, adequate  quantity of rice has been stocked at Zunheboto, which the district administration along with the Supply department have been dispatching to every village and towns for free distribution. Earlier, free rice along with essential commodities were also distributed to students and non-indigenous people stranded at Zunheboto town.  It also stated that district administration along with the Fire & Emergency service undertook a disinfection drive at Zunheboto town. Trucks carrying essential commodities coming into the town were also disinfected.  The entire town area including various ATM booths were also disinfected by the team. PHE along with Police department distributed free water service to citizens of the town.

Mokokchung district

NDPP Zunheboto lauds district administration: NDPP Zunheboto has lauded the efforts being carried out by district administration in view of COVID-19 lockdown. 

A press release from NDPP Zunheboto media and communication stated that, adequate  quantity of rice has been stocked at Zunheboto, which the district administration along with the Supply department have been dispatching to every village and towns for free distribution. Earlier, free rice along with essential commodities were also distributed to students and non-indigenous people stranded at Zunheboto town.  It also stated that district administration along with the Fire & Emergency service undertook a disinfection drive at Zunheboto town. Trucks carrying essential commodities coming into the town were also disinfected.  The entire town area including various ATM booths were also disinfected by the team. PHE along with Police department distributed free water service to citizens of the town.

Wokha district

LSU supports ban on vehicular movement: Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) has extended support to the resolution taken by Meriyan village and Wozhuro Range Students Union, to ban all kinds of picnicking, hunting, fishing and vehicular movement within its jurisdiction to suppress and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, until further notice. A press release by LSU vice president, Chumben Khuvung and general secretary, Pithungo Shitio, informed that, after the state government declared 21 days of lockdown and total lockdown in Bhandari town, by the district administration, LSU officials during its inspection, learned that Meriyan village route had been misused to carry all kinds of commodities from Assam and intoxicants supplies towards Wokha. It added that it was very disheartening to learn that no frisking was carried out to stop vehicular movement from Assam to Wokha in deep jungles. LSU further appealed all peace loving citizens to follow the lockdown directives of the state government and to restrict any kind of vehicular movements in Meriyan jurisdiction, failing which, the union will take its own course of action towards defaulters. Union also inspected Ralan border area and lauded division administration for coordinating with village authorities and working for safety of Ralan denizens and the Nagas in general.

Longleng district

DC Longleng directive to village council chairman: Deputy commissioner (DC) Longleng has directed all the village council chairman and ward presidents of Longleng and Tamlu to immediately report in case of any unusual increase in fever/cough/shortness of breath within their respective jurisdiction to the mobile number 8874454483 and 8974382925 for the rapid response from the district surveillance unit of the department of Health & Family Welfare, Longleng.

Dimapur district

Dimapur wholesale market remains functional: Dimapur wholesale market remained smoothly functional as police and administration kept close watch monitoring the situation while rate control cell of Dimapur Municipal Council ensured that rates of commodities were not priced above what the authority had prescribed.  A staff of DMC rate control cell informed that wholesale price of perishable items such as vegetables and fruits were considerably low. It was observed that perishable items were getting damaged. Tomatoes were said to be sold as low as Rs. 10 per kilo and watermelons at Rs. 20 per kilo. Pan and tamul patta still remains scarce. GB of Murgipatti area where the wholesale market is located stated that traders are finding difficulty to unload their goods on time because of the inconvenience of vehicle entry points to the area. 

NMDA organises medical camp for quarantined people: Executive committee of Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) along with the help of district administration and  Dr D. R.Sharma, Dr Nitin Agrawal and Dr Sundar Pareek organised a medical camp at DDSC ground for the persons who are quarantined at the DDSC ground due to lockdown. A press release from NMDA president Ato Yepthomi and general secretary, Basu Damani stated that, NMDA also distributed face mask, hand glove and medicated soap to the volunteers and quarantined persons. While assuring the district administration of their availability in times to come, the NMDA has suggested for regular cleaning and washing of the quarantine centres since a lot of patients were found with skin infection.


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