Crucial to follow all COVID safety protocols: H&FW

Crucial to follow all COVID safety protocols: H&FW
DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/16/2020 12:41:27 PM IST

With the onset of festive season and the winter flu season, state Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) department said it was crucial to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols in order to help contain the spread of the infection.

In a statement, H&FW principal director, Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie said that the department held a consultative meeting with various Church organizations, civil society organisations, representatives of district administration and municipal council on Wednesday and adopted several resolutions. The meeting reiterated the necessity to observe preventive measures specially with regard to “COVID-19 appropriate behaviours” issued through SOPs by all residents of the State.

The house agreed to carry out awareness campaigns in sensitizing the citizens on prevention from COVID-19 and also resolved to strictly enforce COVID-19 SOPs, and to take action against violators as per legal provisions. The house further appealed to all concern to avoid mobile caroling in groups and processions, picnics, partying, merrymaking and other entertainment events that involve crowding.

It advised deferment or postponement of conferences, jubilees, convocations, etc. scheduled during the festive season. The house said that weddings should follow all SOPs and preventive measures at all times.

While urging that devotional services should be staggered to minimize crowding and to follow preventive measures at all times, the house further advised avoiding Christmas and New Year community feasts or if unavoidable, may be served in take-away packages and to follow all social distancing measures and COVID appropriate behaviour at all times.

It also appealed citizens to avoid travelling to other places particularly from towns to villages to attend social events and if unavoidable, to follow preventive measures at all times.

Further, food vendors have been asked to observe SOPs and not entertain customers without wearing face mask and ensure that there was no crowding around the stalls, and to serve the food in take-away packages.

People with Flu-like symptoms have been asked to isolate themselves and come forward for testing as timely testing, detection and early treatment was crucial to prevent debilitating complications and reduce mortalities.

Public transport operators have also been asked to comply with the SOPs and authorized enforcing agencies have been asked to take strict action against violators as per legal provisions.

While pointing out that maximum positive cases were reported in the age group of 20-40, the house made known to all young people that COVID-19 complications does not discriminate, but affects all age groups. 

“Even if they don’t develop complications, they may spread the disease and become super-spreaders endangering the community particularly the elderly and people with co-morbidities,” the house stated.

With the rise in symptomatic cases, the department has fervently appealed all to strictly follow all COVDI-19 safety protocols/SOPs.

Nagaland COVID-19 tally 11787

DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN): Nagaland’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 11,787 after 26 new cases were reported-- 11 in Dimapur, 5 each in Kohima and Mokokchung, 2 each in Mon and Peren and 1 in Phek. One more COVID-19 related death was reported on Wednesday, taking the tally to 73.

Further, the distribution across various categories include 4641 cases from the armed forces/police, 1823 returnees, 4762 traced contacts and 561 frontline workers.



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