Docs should remain at their posting places: Jacob

DIMAPUR, MAR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/27/2020 12:26:57 PM IST

State Public Health Engineering (PHE) minister  and minister in charge of Dimapur district for COVID-19, Jacob Zhimomi has appealed to doctors posted in sub-divisions to be stationed at their places of posting during this crucial hour of COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a meeting to review logistics and implementation by Dimapur district with regard to COVID-19 at DC’s conference hall Friday, Zhimomi also asked sub-divisional officers to stay in their places of posting and work in coordination with village councils so that no outsiders were hosted in their respective jurisdiction, as a preventive step in the fight against COVID 19. He also advised village council members and youth volunteers to use masks and maintain social distance.

During the meeting, which was also attended by advisers Zhaleo Rio and Tovihoto, the minister asked the medical department to put up requirements in writing through the DC so that the exact status would be clear. He also advised legal metrology department and Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) to tie up and monitor the issue of price hike of essential commodities for the welfare of public. He assured to extend all possible cooperation as and when need arose.

In his speech, sericulture, excise and tribal affairs adviser Zhaleo Rio lauded the State government and private agencies, NGOs, village councils and youth for coming forward during these trying times providing all necessary logistics, cash and kind and encouraged them to continue their services. 

“We are thankful to God as there is no positive case in Nagaland so far, but we should not be complacent,” he stressed. 

Zhaleo said Dimapur had an enormous task and was doing good, but could still do better. He asked shopkeepers not to charge exorbitantly for essential commodities by taking advantage of the situation.

Power advisor Tovihoto thanked the Dimapur district administration, police, medical department and all those involved till date in containing the spread of COVID-19 in Dimapur, considered as the most vulnerable district in Nagaland. He asked the DC to continue monitoring prices of essential commodities and medical equipments, besides ensuring that there was no rush during shopping hours. 

On his part, Dimapur DC Anoop Kinchi apprised the minister and advisers on the preparedness and preventive steps and measures being taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. He informed the meeting that presently there were 60 people under quarantine, adding they were being taken care by the district administration. 

Kinchi said all ambulances had been requisitioned, out of which 10 has been earmarked for COVID-19 cases. New DC office Chumukedima would also be converted into COVID-19 hospital in case of emergency, he added.

Considering the situation, Dimapur Police commissioner Rothihu Tetseo proposed a complete shutdown and activating Essential Commodity Task Force to meet emergency needs, provided the State Government agreed.

Dimapur chief medical officer Pangjung Sangtam apprised the meeting about the logistics set in place in the district. He said so far 96 isolation beds had been identified and eight isolation beds with ventilators kept in place. He said 18 ambulances (both government and private) had been requisitioned and their drivers trained and their numbers noted.

DMC administrator Albert Ezung highlighted the activities undertaken by the municipal body, including sanitation covering 96 colonies and market places and daily sweeping. He said spraying of disinfectants, including at quarantined places, had started on Thursday. He expressed concern over the safety of sanitation workers, to which the meeting advised the medical department to take necessary steps for safety of all frontline workers. This was stated in a DIPR release.



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