Kohima DTF on COVID-19 highlights new travel advisory

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/28/2020 12:39:22 PM IST

Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 held its second meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s office chamber, Kohima on February 28. The meeting was chaired by SDO (Dev), Kohima, Shaying Sheu.

According to DIPR report, in the meeting, office of the Chief Medical Officer shared the latest status of surveillance report on COVID-19 and highlighted the new travel advisory issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in addition to its earlier advisories.

 Indians have been advised to refrain from non-essential travel to Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy while people coming from Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy or having such travel history since February 10 may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.

The meeting also highlighted on the ‘advice for travellers returning from China since January 15: ‘All you need to know to protect yourself and your family’: The COVID-19 cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), CoV and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). 

The common symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. 

To protect oneself and others from getting sick if recently travelled to China (within last 14 days) or had possible contact with an nCoV infected person - it is adviced to stay in home isolation for 14 days after the return, sleep in separate room and limit contact with other family members and avoid visitors. 

To cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing; to avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least one meter from any individual).

Every person at home should maintain hand hygiene at all times and wash hands after sneezing or coughing; when caring for sick; before, during and after one prepares food; before eating; after toilet use; when hands get dirty and after handling animals or animal waste.

In case if one develop fever, cough or difficulty in breathing anytime within 28 days of return from China - to wear a mask immediately and report to the nearest medical facility as advised and not to panic. 

For any queries, one may contact the Helpline number at 8837093602 or 7005464959.

Besides the members of the  Kohima District Task Force, medical officers from various sub health centres and VAS Chiephobozou attended the meeting. 

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