Dimapur, Kohima DTFs to take call on lockdown

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 1:47:20 PM IST

In the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases being reported outside the quarantine centres in the state, particularly in Kohima and Dimapur and various civil societies calling for total lockdown to be imposed, the High Powered Committee (HPC) for COVID-19 on Wednesday has asked the District Task Forces (DTFs) of the two districts to convene emergency meetings and decide whether or not to impose total lockdown, after taking into consideration all relevant facts and as per the need of the district.

Informing this to Nagaland Post, HPC spokesperson and minister Neiba Kronu said that the HPC, during its meeting held on Wednesday to review the COVID-19 situation in the state, directed the DTFs to decide on the matter. HPC also suggested DTFs to impose strict and additional lock down measures for a certain period as per the need of the district, in order to enhance active surveillance, more comprehensive contact tracing, early detection of suspected cases and isolation measures so as to break the chain of transmission and prevent further spread.

Kronu also clarified that the HPC has not recommended total lockdown in the state capital or across the state.

The minister explained that as Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) session was scheduled from July 30, the State government offices had to function normally for preparing responses to questions that would be raised at the Assembly. He added that some government officials would also have to attend the session, and therefore complete lockdown would not be possible.

Organisations like Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP), Kohima Village Council (KVC) have urged the state government for imposition of total lockdown in Kohima while Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) had appealed the state government for a state-wide lockdown till July 31.

DTFs meeting today: Meanwhile, the DTFs of both Kohima and Dimapur are scheduled to hold meetings on July 23, to deliberate on various issues.

DC Dimapur has convened a meeting of the District Task Force on July 23, 2020 at 2pm in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner to discuss matter relating to COVID- 19 pandemic in Dimapur district. All DTF members have been informed to attend the meeting without fail. 

DTF proposes total lockdown in Kohima

Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 has decided to once again propose to the State government for a total lockdown within the Kohima municipality following detection of more coronavirus positive cases in various colonies in the last few days. 

DTF, which met at DC office Kohima Wednesday, also decided to ensure execution of contact tracing and containment plans effectively in containment zones.

Chaired by DC and DTF chairman, Gregory Thejawelie, the meeting was attended by Kohima district legislators’ in-charge minister Tongpang Ozukum, adviser Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, MLA Khriehu Liezietsu, Kohima SSP, K Sophie, KMC administrator Kovi Meyase, CMO Kohima Dr.Vezokholu, DSO Kohima Dr Asenuo, Dr Visasieü from NHAK and other members.

Deliberating on the appeal by Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) for total lockdown in KMC area, the participants were of the view that total lockdown was required at this juncture for early detection, preventing spreading of infection and for smooth functioning of medical and surveillance teams in containment zones. 

Tongpang asked DTF and medical personnel to share the issues faced at the ground level and suggest strategies on the proposal for total lockdown to High Powered Committee (HPC) for consideration. He also asked the taskforce to coordinate with food committee/hotels/restaurants and work on engaging caterers for quarantine centres. Tongpang said he had apprised chief minister on the Chedema road leading to COVID Hospital and AKMWP’s appeal.

Dr. Nicky said serious thought had to be put in with regard to total lockdown. He also shared views and suggestions on food catering for quarantine centres and asked DTF to identify people or catering group willing to take over Bethel Kitchen.

DC informed the meeting that many outsiders were arriving for work in various ongoing projects though the number of returnees to the district was declining leading to reduction in number of inmates at quarantine centres.

As KMC sought clear advisory on home quarantine period since its sanitation workers were under home quarantine, the meeting decided to accommodate them at Indira Gandhi stadium for isolation for a period of seven days.

CMO shared the updated cumulative report on positive cases in Kohima district and other safety protocol measures being taken in various containment zones.

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