Dimapur prepares to tackle COVID-19 outbreak

DIMAPUR, MAR 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/7/2020 12:19:14 PM IST

 An isolation ward with three beds has been set up at Dimapur District Hospital, while some more beds have been identified at Referral Hospital for dealing with any exigencies vis-à-vis coronavirus (COVID-19).  Mentioning this at a meeting of District Taskforce on Coronavirus held at the conference hall of deputy commissioner’s (DC) office here on Saturday, chief medical officer (CMO) Pangjung Sangtam said military hospital had also been kept ready with ICU and isolation ward. He said 40 beds were also kept ready at the district welfare office at Chümoukedima. 

While rapid response team had been activated and passengers at Dimapur airport were being screened on arrival, he said an isolation room had been identified at the airport and every passenger would be scanned by thermal scanner. Briefing members on the formation of district taskforce on COVID 19, the CMO explained that the taskforce was constituted on February 26 but reconstituted with co-opted members after the video conference with chief secretary Temjen Toy. He said 1,21,000 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed globally, out of which 4,491 had died and 57,376 had recovered. In India, there were 31 confirmed cases but no deaths so far.
The meeting was informed that Indian Railways authorities would set up banners to sensitise passengers about COVID-19, besides calling for self-declaration through public address system from passengers who had recently visited any one of the 12 countries affected by the virus attack. 
It was decided at the meeting that the district education officer would write to all schools to sensitise students and teachers on precautions and preparedness, and schools and colleges would display IEC materials with dos and don’ts.. 
Further, electronic display would be set up at Plaza point, railway station and airport for dissemination of information. Dimapur Government College has already conducted awareness campaigns in the college. It was decided that Dimapur Government College would be the nodal college for spreading awareness and preparedness. 
Dimapur Municipal Council would hold general awareness programmes in coordination with colony chairmen and business organisations, even as authorities would check business establishments selling face masks and hand sanitizers at high prices and book offenders with the help of police. It was also decided that colony chairmen/GBs would collaborate with respective churches in their colonies to spread awareness. Pamphlets, including IEC materials, would be distributed at border check gates to target passengers entering Dimapur by road. 
A taskforce has been set up by the police though personal protective equipments had still not been made available. 
The meeting was chaired by Dimapur DC Anoop Kinchi, who welcomed and thanked the taskforce members for attending the meeting. He said the meeting was being held to check preparedness to contain COVID-19 outbreak.

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