COVID+ve rate in Peren 13% against State’s overall 3%: Kikon

COVID+ve rate in Peren 13% against State’s overall 3%: Kikon
Pangnyu Phom, Imna Along and Mmhonlumo Kikon after a meeting.
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2020 1:27:07 PM IST

While the State’s overall COVID-19 infection rate was less than 3%, Peren registered a massive 13%, the highest among all the districts.

Speaking to Nagaland Post after a meeting with Health & Family Welfare minister Pangnyu Phom and Higher Education and Tribal Affairs minister Temjen Imna Along at the secretariat here on Monday, High Powered Committee (HPC) spokesperson and advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon remarked that the high rate of positive cases in Peren district indicated “not-so-satisfactory” adherence to quarantine norms and protocols by inmates at the quarantine centres.

Mentioning that flouting of quarantine norms, indulging in unruly behaviour and disobeying instructions of frontline workers by a section of the returnees only aggravated the situation, he remarked that all the returnees should own some responsibility for the good of everyone. Mmhonlumo emphasised that adherence to quarantine norms by returnees and observing preventive measures were the only weapons to break the chain of the transmission of the virus.

He observed that apex community-based organisations (CBOs) could play a crucial role in maintenance of discipline at quarantine centres, while faith-based organisations (FBOs) and NGOs could organise spiritual counselling programmes for promoting gainful and meaningful activities among the inmates. He appealed to the CBOs, FBOs and NGOs to continue extending their help and support to frontline workers in management of the quarantine centres.

Stating that frontline workers had been directed to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the State government, Mmhonlumo urged the community not to compel or insist the frontline workers to deviate from the SOP.

He said the returnees were initially quarantined at Dimapur and, after having tested negative through RT-PCR, they were released, but only after having spent more than 14 days at the quarantine centres. He claimed Peren District Task Force had exercised abundant caution in quarantining them for additional 14 days at Jalukie quarantine centre.

In these 28 days of quarantine period, he clarified that none of the returnees had showed any symptoms related/associated to COVID-19, because of which they were released.

Though they were released, Kikon said the community took extra precaution by keeping them under community quarantine and barring a few exceptions all were accounted for and had been placed at quarantine centres. He asserted that authorities involved were following SOPs and that it would be unfair to put the blame on them.

Mmhonlumo said there were some cases of returnees having given different names at the point of embarkation at Dimapur railway station and on reaching Peren.

He assured that the government was on the job to investigate how this had happened, especially as in a few cases some returnees to Peren could neither speak Nagamese or English.

He admitted that the spike in cases had necessitated the government to send more manpower to manage the situation in Peren district, hoping that this would help in containing the situation in the next few days.

No community transmission yet
Mmhonlumo Kikon informed that community transmission has not yet started in Nagaland, and pointed out that the COVID-19 positive cases were from amongst the returnees at quarantine centres while the few frontline workers who tested positive were engaged in battling the pandemic.
14 frontline workers test positive for COVID in state: The adviser informed that 14 frontline workers across the state, who were actively involved in discharging their responsibilities, had been infected by the virus.
He said that aggressive and extensive contact tracing and tracking were activated to identify the primary and secondary contacts, after which mandatory quarantine and testing were carried out.
Mmhonlumo said contact tracing would further expand even as respective surveillance teams’ endeavour was to complete the contact tracing and tests within 3-4 days.
Lockdown measures: The HEP adviser said the State government was taking into account the ground situation and the opinions of the district task force while gradually easing lockdown measures.
With the lockdown having extended till July 15, he claimed that the government was consistently monitoring the situation and collecting feedbacks from the field. And when the time and situation would be ripe, he said a decision would be taken in the public interest for further opening of some more activities.
Dimapur DH to be upgraded: Mmhonlumo assured that all measures were being taken to expedite the process of upgrading the Dimapur District Hospital to a 200-bedded hospital. He however said that the ongoing fight against COVID-19 had taken precedence currently.
He also mentioned that the State government has decided to ramp up infrastructure development at all the district hospitals. 
Capacity building for medical staff: He said measures were being taken for capacity-building among frontline workers from ASHAs to doctors by organising trainings on infection control mechanisms and ventilator management since January and continuously following them up with refresher trainings.
TrueNat machines: Mmhonlumo claimed that Nagaland was amongst the first States in the country to go for bulk purchase of TrueNat machines for COVID-19 testing, adding the State currently had the highest number of such machines registered with Indian Council of Medical Research in the North East. He said 30 TrueNat machines had been installed at various health units across the State.
He further informed that Dimapur had two COVID care centres, while Mon, Kohima, Wokha, Mokokchung, Peren, Kiphire and Tuensang had one each.


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