CS spells measures to combat COVID-19

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/22/2020 1:54:35 PM IST

State chief secretary Temjen Toy said that the state government had raised the issue of urgent need of testing centre for coronavirus in the state during the videoconferencing with union cabinet secretary and all state chief secretaries.

Briefing media persons in his residence-cum-office here Sunday, Toy said the union cabinet secretary assured him that blood samples from Nagaland would get priority for test on Coronavirus at three testing centres at Imphal, Dibrugarh and Guwahati since Nagaland does not have a testing laboratory.

Toy also clarified that the government was open to constructive criticism and appealed to the people to join the government in fighting the pandemic together by following the advisories responsibly. He also urged students, who had arrived from other parts of the country, to restrict their movements, avoid socialising and adhere to all precautionary measures. 

To queries on why not a single sample was sent for testing though there were some patients referred from private nursing homes for tests, Toy explained that there were certain protocols to be followed before sending the sample. However none of these patients met the national criteria for COVID-19 test till date, he said. 

Sharing details of some of the steps taken by the State government, the chief secretary said the medical department had procured ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) and N-95 masks and placed more orders. As coronavirus-affected people faced respiratory problems and required ventilators, he said procuring high-tech ventilators was reviewed and it was decided to go for portable ventilators, which were expected to reach the State soon. He also informed that a designated location at Chedema would soon be named ‘Corona Hospital’. He said the government was also in touch with private and army hospitals to use their services when the need arose.

The chief secretary said village guards would be used in areas along the State’s international border to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Admitting that the measures were not foolproof, he claimed that the State government was working closely with village councils, VECs and SHGs to spread awareness about the pandemic in the villages and encouraging the villages to have their own quarantine to take care of the initial cases. 

He said orders had been issued and security forces would be deployed at all locations, primarily check gates, to ensure that the government orders were strictly being followed.

Toy said shortage of essential commodities was not expected now and since it was not known as to how long the lockdown would continue, he urged public to be prepared.

Meanwhile, Toy expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Kohima Science College and Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung for making hand sanitizers and distributing them free of cost. Home commissioner Abhijit Sinha and additional director general of police Renchamo Kikon also attended the press conference.

Temjen Toy said that the ‘janata curfew’ was very successful although it was self-imposed. He expressed his optimism that the fight against COVID-19 will be successful , if such discipline was maintained by the people.



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