DHD needs ventilators

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/22/2020 1:55:04 PM IST
Of eight North Eastern States, barring Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the remaining four have blood testing centres for COVID-19, a virus that has been declared pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
The four states that have testing centres: NEIGRIHMS (in Meghalaya); JN Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal (both in Manipur); Government Medical College, (Tripura); Gauhati Medical College, Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, Silchar Medical College and Jorhat Medical College, Assam (all in Assam). 
Though the state government has issued a series of advisories against Coronavirus, there is much left to be desired with regard to the primary need of a testing laboratory for COVID-19 including proper quarantine facilities. So far there is no information whether the government of Nagaland has made any demand for a testing laboratory which has become a dire need.
Of all other districts within Nagaland, Dimapur is considered most vulnerable as it is not only the main gateway and commercial hub but also a major transit point for thousands of people travelling either by air, rail or road etc. The District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) has only ten beds in the isolation ward that could be inadequate in case using it as a quarantine ward for people testing positive for COVID-19.
A team of medical doctors and staff led by Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru, NHM mission director held a meeting Sunday with doctors and DHD chief medical officer on strategies to combat Coronavirus in Dimapur district.
Dr. Kheshito Zhimomi, Medical Superintendent of DHD told Nagaland Post that the team was maintaining a 24-hour vigil to undertake screening of incoming travellers at various entry points in Dimapur.
Though several projects have been undertaken over the decades to improve bed and health care facilities, the DHD is without Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and ventilators. It was informed that the state had ordered 100 ventilators which are yet to arrive. The MS also informed that the Referral hospital (CISHR) and Army hospitals at 5 Sector AR, Rangapahar and ARTC&S were ready to extend services and facilities in case of emergency. 
Dr. Kheshito also informed that blood samples for test on Coronavirus have to follow some protocols before sending them to either Guwahati Medical College, RMRC Dibrugarh or Imphal for testing and results would be available within 24 hours. 


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