District-wise reports on COVID-19 pandemic preparedness

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/21/2020 12:13:16 PM IST

As the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic lockdown enter 28 days, Nagaland state government and its agencies are keeping vigil to enforce the lockdown. The government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have also been taking all preventive measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Various directives, appeals and information have been issued for public interest.

Longleng District

Students receive mid-day meal: Phom Community Development Society (PCDS) under Phom Baptist Christian Association which is the implementing agency of mid day meal in Longleng district delivered the mid day meal consignment to every school under the district.

In a release, PCDS said that the meal was distributed with the help of churches under PBCA and district administration. 

Despite the lockdown, it was necessary to reach out to the student beneficiaries in such a time as this when villages gates are sealed with no movements allowed, stated the release. 

Since all the schools are closed, PBCA said the students were given food grain and cash following proper government directives on social distancing and necessary guidelines. 

PBCA also informed that teachers from all the schools under the district contributed few kilos of food grain from their share to the needy and differently able people in the villages who are economically affected by the lockdown.  

Mon District

Walk-in-sample Kiosk at DHM: As part of COVID-19 strategy under “Mon against COVID-19”, the Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Thavaseelan K on April 20 announced the installation of a sample collection booth, also known as Walk-In- Sample Kiosk (WISK) at District Hospital, Mon.
According to DIPR report, the project was initiated and fully sponsored by the district administration. The deputy commissioner said the Kiosk was constructed keeping in mind the safety of the health workers in the fight against COVID-19. 
Thavaseelan said the Kiosk would act as a physical barrier between the patient and the health worker during the sample collection for COVID-19 which requires close contact between them, thus minimising the chance of exposure to infection. This kiosk will also reduced the number of PPE being used, as the doctor collecting the sample from inside the kiosk does not require donning a complete PPE set, stated the report. 
It was also informed that the Kiosk will be disinfected with sodium hypochlorite spray after each collection.
Training on ‘contact listing & tracing’: District administration Mon on April 20 conducted one day training on “contact listing & tracing” for COVID-19 District Control Room/War Room personnel, police and frontline health workers.
According to DIPR report, the resource person, Dr. Kumkiuba explained the contact listing and tracing plan for Mon district.
He said the main objective was to trace all suspected persons who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive patients and quarantine/isolate them as the case may be.
Dr. Kumkiuba said contact listing and tracing was critical to contain the spread of the virus.
It may be noted that Mon District COVID-19 “War Room” comprising of the official from district administration/police/health and family welfare and various line departments of the district was set up on April 10 
Four Sub-Divisional “War Room” was also setup at Tobu, Aboi, Tizit and Naginimora Sub-Divisions to function as an auxiliary of and in tandem with the district COVID-19 “War Room”.

Mokokchung District
Imkong raises concerns over COVID-19 preparedness: Mokokchung District Task Force on COVID-19 held a review meeting Tuesday to take stock of the situation and preparedness of the district in the fight against the pandemic.  During the meeting, Imkong L Imchen, MLA, who is also a member of the Task Force Mokokchung district, raised concerns over the preparedness to prevent spread of the deadly virus. Imkong while expressing concern over the status of medical departments across the state said though the state government has claimed that it was prepared for any eventuality the ground reality paints a different picture. The MLA also raised issues of burial facility of COVID-19 victims, to which the deputy commissioner informed that a meeting has been scheduled to discuss the matter. Imkong also spoke on resuming agricultural activity in the district particularly in the villages and urged the district administration and the concerned department to facilitate for the same. The MLA also assured to extend all possible help to the district task force in the fight against COVID-19. The DC Mokokchung also took note of the various suggestions and propositions of the MLA especially with regard to inclusion of representatives from various political parties in the district task force. Earlier in the day, the MLA held a series of consultative meetings with village leaders and civil society organisations at his private residence. After thorough deliberation, the MLA took note of various points and shared those points at the meeting of the District Task Force. (Correspondent)
Dimapur District
DC notifies on supply of food grains: In pursuance to the government of India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution letter, the deputy commissioner of Dimapur Anoop Khinchi has granted permission for supply of food grains under OMSS to charitable/non-governmental organisations etc. engaged in relief operations/running relief camps for migrant labourers/vulnerable groups due to the present lockdown condition.
According to DIPR report, the DC has informed that food grains would be supplied at a uniform rate of Rs. 21 per kg for wheat and Rs. 22 per kg for rice and there will be no upper limit for allocation of food grain to each such organisation from any FCI depot. However the quantity should not be less than 1 MT at a time. It was also informed that whoever wants to avail the scheme can apply through the office of the Deputy Commissioner Dimapur.  DC Dimapur has directed the Assistant Director of Supply, Dimapur and District technical team to ensure that the additional food grains under PMGKAY is issued/distributed by the FPS to the targeted group (PHH&AAY beneficiaries) through ePOS device without fail and to be alerted immediately incase of  technical problem, the System Integrator (Integra) & NIC Dimapur. Stating that the distribution of additional food grains at 5kg/beneficiary/month Free of Cost under PMGKAY Scheme is meant for members of AAY and PHH Ration Card Holders, DC in an official letter addressed to Assistant Director of Supply, maintained that there is clear directive from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, New Delhi that all states to ensure the food grains are distributed through ePOS devices and details of each and every transaction should be reflected at Annavitran Portal. DC further cautioned that any laxity in the following directives will be viewed seriously and action as deemed fit will be taken without any further notice.
AHODs, HoDs, HoO asked to report: DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi has informed all Administrative Heads of Department, Heads of Department and Heads of Offices of respective departments in the district to be in their respective headquarters from April 21. According to DIPR report, in case of any AHOD/HOD/HoO presently not in his/her respective headquarters have been informed to immediately contact the respective deputy commissioner and obtain necessary passes/clearance for proceeding towards his/her headquarters.
Wokha District
HoDs asked to obtain clearance: In view of the total lockdown due to COVID-19, Deputy Commissioner & Chairman District Task Force for COVID-19 Wokha, Orenthung Lotha has directed all the Head of Offices (HoDs) under Wokha district, presently not in the district headquarters, to obtain necessary clearance from the DC Wokha to proceed to the station for duty.
DC issues guidelines; shops to remain open till 2 p.m: Deputy Commissioner & Chairman District Task Force COVID-19 for Wokha district, Orenthung Lotha has issued order under Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 applicable throughout Wokha district from April 20 till further notice.
According to DIPR report, the DC has exempted officials/ staff/ person belonging to medical/ police/ district administration/ paramilitary/ media/ fire& emergency services/ postal services/ NIC/ DDMA/ Power/ PHED/ food & civil supplies/ treasury and accounts/ forest/ telecom services/ AH & veterinary/ social welfare on official duty and vehicles carrying essential commodities with prior permission/ emergency medical cases from the purview of this order. In view of the harvesting and sowing season, DC has also exempted farming operations by farmers and farm workers, procurement of agricultural production, movement of agricultural machinery, etc. while maintaining social distancing.
The partial modified guidelines are as follows:
1. Grocery Shops/Bakeries/Vegetable vendors and business establishments dealing with essential commodities will henceforth be permitted to open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the lockdown period. The shops will remain open from 07:00 AM to 2:00 PM only;
2. Only one member from each family shall be permitted to come out of their homes for procurement of essential commodities from the market within the given time;
3. All vehicular movement of non-essential nature is prohibited; no private vehicular movement will be allowed except for purchase of essential commodities and medical emergencies. Further, no private or commercial vehicles will be allowed to carry passengers;
4. The colony council/village councils will regulate the operation of shops selling essential commodities in their respective localities & villages as per the given timing and ensure due compliance to the advisories of the Government with special reference to social distancing of at least 1 metre and compulsorily wearing masks in public places;
5. All pharmacies are advised to remain open 24x7 and business transaction hours of all Banks in Wokha District will be from 9:00 AM to 03:00 PM on all working days.
6. The public are advised not to resort to panic buying or hoard essential items since adequate stock is available.
Kohima District
NAYO appeals to state government: Northern Angami Youth Organization (NAYO) has appealed to the state government and the concerned authority to relax certain outlets selling basic amenities in order to cater to needs of the people.
In a statement, NAYO president Roko Angami and general secretary Ruokuoneitso Kire suggested allowing hardware stores, garage and tyre-workshops etc. to open once or twice a week during shopping hours, which would help farmers.   It also suggested opening of shops selling essential items on all working days, within the specified time, stop hoarding.  
While seeking cooperation of all and urging all to abide by the lockdown guidelines, NAYO said safety of people was their primary concern. It therefore urged all affiliated units to abide by the rules and guidelines set by the government.
NAYO also acknowledged all frontline warriors, doctors, nurses, police, district administrations, municipal councils and all organizations steadfastly and selflessly sacrificing their lives for the welfare and wellbeing of the people.  It also acknowledged the state government’s effort in fighting this pandemic.
NMC partners with H&FW to provide for OPD services in Kohima: Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) has partnered with the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) department to provide OPD service in Kohima in the backdrop of the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) being converted to a COVID Hospital. 
The OPD service will start with effect from April, 21 2020 in the following locations:
Place Time
Para Medical Training Institute (PMTI), Kohima 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
Agri Forest Sub Centre. Kohima 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
According to DIPR, healthcare professionals, who have volunteered their service during the COVID-19 pandemic, were being utilized to offer this service. The services will also be expanded to other locations in a phased manner, depending on the availability of the volunteers.
In this regard, any healthcare professional who wishes to volunteer have been asked to send a message mentioning name, age/sex, qualification, and address to the following WhatsApp number: 940224 5812.
It said that the services was complementary to the arrangement of specialist consultation in Urban Primary Health Centres, routine services continuing in all other non- COVID health centres, and PMJAY services in empanelled private hospitals.
Red Cross volunteers training: A training programme for the Red Cross volunteers was held at Red Cross Conference Hall, Kohima and attended by 25 volunteers.
According to DIPR report, Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie urged them to give unrelenting support as and when need needed during this COVID-19 pandemic.
In the training, Dr. Hoito Chishi spoke on “introduction on COVID-19”, Supongmenla Jamir, consultant NUHM spoke on “district COVID-19 strategy”, Avikali Jakhalu, DPM Kohima gave a presentation on “district Microplan on COVID-19” and Dr. Toshimongla QA (DPM) gave a presention on “doffing & donning of PPE”.
Tuensang District
Meeting held for partial relaxation at Shamator: As per the directive of the state government on partial relaxation of the lockdown, a emergency meeting at DB’s Court Shamator which was attended by Shamator base members of Task Force for Covid-19 along with representatives from YTC, YAA, Chambers of Commerce Shamator, Public Forum Shamator, Ward Leaders, DBs and GBs. According to DIPR report, the meeting convened by district administration was chaired by ADC Shamator, Lankonsen Tsanglao deliberated on the details of the partial relaxation. In the meeting, the administration cautioned all present to maintain strict vigil and follow the directives of the government.
Kiphire District
CMO Kiphire conducts ‘sensitising tour’: A “sensitising tour” for Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Anganwadi workers including health units and village council members under Kiphire district was carried out on April 17-18. A press release from office of CMO Kiphire stated that the medical team led by DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. Pewezo Khalo distributed hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves to all the ASHAs and Anganwadi workers in the villages, including health units. The team also distributed masks to village guards manning their respective village gates. During the visits, the DPO interacted with health workers and village council leaders and briefed them of their duty in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Pewezo instructed them to sensitise families and others about the virus and asked them to set up a hand washing facility in their respective houses. He also emphasised on hygiene and sanitation, including the practice of social distance, cleanliness, and social etiquette of spitting, sneezing and coughing during the interaction. DCM, Seli also interacted with ASHAs and anganwadi workers in all the villages and directed the ASHAs to visit 25 households per day. He asked them to report to the nearest health unit if any suspected cases were detected. The anganwadi workers was also asked to carry out home to home visits in their villages and sensitise families about the importance of hand washing, cleanliness, and hygiene. The medical team covered 14 villages, including Kiusam circle, Pungro circle, and Longmatra town in a span of two days, informed the release.
Phek District
ADC Pfutsero informs on relaxation order: As per the latest relaxation order issued by the government of Nagaland, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pfutsero, Phuleshe K. Yepthomi has allowed certain activities under the lockdown measures. The ADC has also informed that all other restrictions which were in place earlier will continue. 
Following activities have been permitted: Vehicles carrying goods and essential commodities; shops and outlets dealing with food grains, food items, vegetables and daily use items will be allowed to open; E-Commerce for essential commodities, vehicles used by e-commerce operations will be allowed.; home delivery services; services provided by Self-employed persons like electricians, IT repairs, Plumbers, Carpenters etc permitted; all Construction activities, all agricultural activities and farming related activities, MGNREGA activities, Mid-day meal schemes, Social Security Schemes may resume. 
PTCSU expresses concern over public movement: Phek Town Chakhesang Students’ Union (PTCSU) has expressed concern over public movement despite the nationwide lockdown. In a press release, PTCSU president, Surhoveyi Khesoh and press secretary, Diezekho Vadeo claimed that some citizens of the district have been travelling to other districts to bring back their children, without prior information or permission from the concerned authority.  In this regard, PTCSU has requested the concerned authorities to strictly monitor public movement. The student union has also encouraged citizens to compulsory wear masks, maintain social distancing and extend cooperation to the state government.
Peren District
ZYON concern over DHP; appeals for transparency: Zeme Youth Organization Nagaland (ZYON) on April 20 carried out its second “look-see” by visiting Peren Town as part of COVID-19 preparedness.
A press release by ZYON joint secretary, Keyi Sephe stated that the visit was carried out to ensure that basic needs of the people and commodities are sold as per the price rate issued by Peren district administration. 
While thanking the service of the medical staff of District Hospital Peren (DHP), ZYON also expressed concern over the “poor infrastructure” of the hospital despite it being declared district hospital a decade back. 
ZYON also informed that it members attended the review meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peren Sentiwapang Aier and attended by Leader of Opposition, T.R. Zeliang, head of departments and various frontal leaders.
ZYON thanked the district administration, police department and medical department for all their selfless service in combating COVID-19 pandemic. 
It also requested the concerned authority to maintain transparency in regard to COVID-19 relief fund sanctioned for Peren district. 
Meanwhile, ZYON has urged the public to cooperate and follow safety guidelines and precautionary measures issued by the government.

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