District-wise reports on COVID-19 pandemic preparedness

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/22/2020 9:05:09 AM IST

Nationwide COVID-19 pandemic lockdown completed 29 days on Wednesday, and along with the rest of the country Nagaland state government and its agencies are keeping vigil to enforce the lockdown. All preventive measures are also been taken to contain the spread of the deadly virus. The government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have also issued various directives for the interest and safety of the public.

Kohima District

Ozükum, Kire visit market places in Kohima: To ensure maintaining of social distancing in market places in the state capital, the legislators in charge of Kohima district for COVID-19—Minister Tongpang Ozükum and advisor Dr. Nicky Kire—Wednesday visited various places designated for purchase and sale of perishable goods.

Their visit comes two days after DC Kohima issued an order disallowing street vending and allotting time and place for wholesale shops for selling perishable goods along with all other exempted categories.

Ozukum along with Kohima district Task Force inspected the shopping hotspots starting from 8am. The minister noted that the scene of market place has totally transformed for the better and expressed appreciation to the public for realising the importance of social distancing. “We cannot totally stop people from coming out to buy essential commodities, so the only way is to strictly following social distancing in the shopping place as it is the only weapon in the arsenal to fight this pandemic,” Ozukum said. The minister thanked the various committees for strict implementation of the directives. He also expressed gratitude to the Angami Students’ Union for their noble initiative of assisting the stranded students residing in Kohima. After the inspection at BOC area, Razhu Point and High School areas, the team visited KMC toll gate where KMC is initiating sanitisation of vehicles.

Advisor Dr. Nicky Kire also inspected the main areas of Kohima town to ensure that directives were strictly followed. Kire interacted with KCCI, KMC and officials of district administration monitoring the implementation of DC’s order.

Advisor opined that citizens should develop social responsibility and strictly follow the order. Speaking to Nagaland Post, KCCI president Medozhatuo Rutsa said since it was the first day the order came into force, things would improve in the coming days.  Reiterating that street vending would not be allowed, KCCI president called upon the colony leaders to procure the perishable goods form the designated wholesale areas and retail in their own colonies. (Correspondent)

NAYO issues guidelines for affiliated units: Taking into account the extraordinary trying time due to the deadly pestilence of COVID-19 and the many unsolicited outcomes and apprehensions, Northern Angami Youth Organisation (NAYO) has issued certain guidelines in the “best interest” of its community and has asked its affiliated units to adhere the same.

In a press release, NAYO president, Roko Angami said COVID-19 knows no boundaries or affiliations, race or creed and called upon the people to defend each and every human race setting aside all differences and misconceptions.

NAYO has issued the following guidelines for all affiliated units to follow: 1. Engage in social media responsibly.  Do not circulate or forward any news, pictures, videos or any other documents from unverified sources or for that matter please do not circulate any materials that will directly or indirectly hurt the sentiments of other communities or infringe the rights of other people. 

2. NAYO appeal all its affiliated units to safeguard their respective villages and set up a COVID-19 Task force or a monitoring and surveillance mechanism to monitor any symptomatic signs in their respective villages and subsequently report it to the concerned authority if any symptom arises.  

3. Encourage and sensitize the village people on various measures set by the government during this lockdown and post lockdown.  

4. With Agriculture based activities relaxed by the Government, sensitize the people to follow social distancing strictly and other norms applicable to the safety of the people. 

5.  NAYO also requests all its members to look into the well-being and welfare of the poor and needy village people, the destitute (s), the elderly and village people requiring assistances in various forms.  NAYO is ready to extend any help if it requires of us, therefore all its affiliated units may get in-touch with us if any help arises. 


Kaito, Khehovi assess COVID-19 preparedness: COVID-19 district in-charge for Zunheboto, minister for agriculture & cooperation, G. Kaito Aye and advisor tourism, art & culture, Khehovi Yepthomi Wednesday visited Zunheboto district headquarters to assess the preparedness of the district to tackle COVID-19 pandemic.
A press release by PS to minister for agriculture & cooperation stated that a meeting held at the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Zunheboto COVID-19 “war room” with the District Task Force wherein district preparedness on COVID-19, micro plan and containment strategy was deliberated.
At the meeting, the legislators appreciated and thanked the frontline workers of the district which include district administration, medical department, police, DTF, Town and village leaders, volunteers and all involved in the war against the deadly virus.
The legislators also appealed the public to extend cooperation to the government to contain the virus by staying safe at home, maintaining social distancing and by adhering to the rules of safety laid down by the government.
The district in-charge assured that the government was doing everything possible to address the needs of the people below poverty line, daily wagers, students and stranded persons both inter-district and inter-sate. 
The two legislators along with the district administration and the task force assured that there will be no shortage in supply of essential commodities and therefore requested the public not to panic, stated the release. 
The legislators also assisted the district to procure preventive equipments, ventilator, cardiac monitor and other medical equipment along with beds for the proposed quarantine centre from the Directorate of H&FW, Kohima.
Wokha District
Awareness training for housekeeping staff: Awareness training was held Wednesday at Wokha Town for housekeeping staff working designated as COVID-19 quarantine centres. A press release from the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Wokha stated that the resource person, medical officer Wokha, Dr. Kuokholie Savino highlighted the preparedness and containment of COVID-19. Dr. Savino also demonstrated donning and doffing of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as well as safe disposal of waste. District community mobilizer and media officer took sessions on hand washing techniques and stigmatization of COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the release informed that the frontline workers across Wokha district are ceaselessly working to prevent and contain COVID-19 in the district. 
Mon District
Domestic violence victims urged to reach out: Deputy Commissioner, Mon Thavaseelan K in a circular has notified that there may be instances of violence against women and children especially girl children at home during the lockdown period. According to DIPR report, the DC Mon has asked the victims to contact the State Helpline Number –181/ 9485239098 or Sakhi- One Stop Centre, Mon (6009150274) for assistance and rehabilitation
Paiwang, DC hold meeting at Tizit: Transport, civil aviation & railways and land resources minister Paiwang Konyak and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mon Thavaseelan K held a meeting Wednesday at the Conference Hall of Additional DC Tizit sub-division. A press release by...... stated that the meeting discussed the possibility for vehicles carrying essential and non-essential goods to pass through; measures to reach out to the stranded students within the state and to allow vehicles collecting tea leaves to start plying till May 3. The minister also thanked the frontline workers their endless and tireless effort. The DC also thanked the civil society organisations, police and administrative officers for their service.
Dimapur District
DC directs strict implementation of revised guidelines: In exercise of the powers, conferred under section 30(1), (2) of Disaster Management Act 2005, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi has issued an order for strict implementation of the consolidated revised guidelines throughout Dimapur district with immediate effect up to May 3.
 According to DIPR report, in order to implement the containment measures, the DC has deputed the executive magistrates as incident commanders in the respective local jurisdiction. 
The order stated that the incident commanders will be responsible for the overall implementation of the measures in their respective jurisdictions strictly as per directives. All other line department officials in the specified area will work under the directions of such incident commanders. The DC has ordered that all industrial and commercial establishments, workplaces, offices etc., shall put in place arrangements for implementation of SOP. However, the consolidated revised guidelines will not apply in containment zones. 
Any person violating the lockdown measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act,2005, besides legal action under Sec 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable, stated the order.
Phek District
Training on housekeeping protocols: Training on housekeeping protocols was conducted on Wednesday for personnel working in guest house, hostels and lodges designated as COVID-19 quarantine centres at the Conference Hall of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Phek.
A press release from CMO Phek office stated that the training was held to sensitize the workers on the proper maintenance of housekeeping protocols for prevention and control of infections etc. at the designated quarantine centres.
Surveillance Officer (SO) for COVID-19, Dr. Lanuakum highlighted the importance of maintaining hygiene and cleanliness at the centres.
Importance of social distancing, hand washing, cough etiquette, the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and demonstration on proper hand washing were also imparted.
Altogether personnel from the eight quarantine centres under Phek block attended the training.
Re-sensitization programme on COVID-19: Re-sensitization programme on COVID-19 was conducted Wednesday at Kelonger village under Chessore block Tuensang District.
A press release from Chief Medical Officer (CMO) office stated that during the training, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA), Neojila spoke on the importance of personal hygiene, social distancing and home quarantine. She also demonstrated hand washing technique to the elderly and children. 
The Block Programme Manager (BPM) Chessore block, Shitopong and GNM (PHC Chessore) Lujim visited Shiponger, Huker and Y. Anner villages under Chessore block and conducted awareness meeting on COVID-19 with the ASHAs and Anganwadi workers. 
During the visit, the BPM requested the frontline workers to educate and create awareness to the community on the preventive measures against COVID-19. The BPM and GNM also met two persons placed under home quarantine at Shiponger village. 
Re-sensitization on COVID-19 for health workers, ASHAs and Anganwadi workers were also conducted at PHC Chessore.   
Guidelines on construction activities: In pursuance to letter received from Home Department Government of Nagaland regarding consolidated revised guidelines of lock down, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has order resumption of construction activities.
According to DIPR report, the DC has exempted the following construction under Tuensang district:
1. Construction of roads, irrigation projects, building and all kinds of industrial projects, including MSMEs in rural areas. 
2. Construction of renewable energy projects. 
3. Construction of works in construction projects within the limits of Town Councils where works are available on site and no workers are to be brought in from outside. 
Further, the DC has informed that all such constructions works should get permission from respective area administrative officer by submitting the details of manpower/location of work/nature of work/vehicles involved in construction work.
The order stated that all locations where construction activities are proposed to be commenced, strict measures should be taken to ensure social/physical distancing and all other necessary health safety protocols. 
The DC warned that any violation of the order will led to automatic cancellation of such permissions and attract penalty as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act. 

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