Lockdown 4.0: Visits, meetings and preventive measures continue

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/24/2020 10:41:50 AM IST

With the scheduled arrival of the second train from Gurugram, Haryana with stranded returnees to Nagaland, the state government and district administration of Dimapur have geared up preventive measures. Every aspect of precautionary protocols will be the conduct while receiving the stranded returnees. Meanwhile, legislators have been touring their respective districts and constituencies to impress upon the people not to stigmatise or discriminate the returnees if any. Villagers have been sensitised on the procedure of quarantine and there should be no panic, as government was doing its best to ensure that returnees complete the mandatory 14 days at quarantine centres. Thereafter, they would be quarantined for another two weeks at respective district quarantine centres. Concerned authorities are also sanitising various areas and especially designated centres for returnees. Civil social organisations and church bodies are also contributing their services towards preparedness level in the state through various programmes. Public are also reminded to maintain social distancing and continue to use mask, sanitiser at all times. Meanwhile, the odd/even movement of vehicles are being well monitored by the frontline workers.  


Patton asks people not to be complacent

 Deputy chief minister and home minister, Y Patton has urged the people not to be complacent but be well prepared to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19.

A press release by media cell of the deputy CMI, said he was addressing the inhabitants of his native village, Old Riphyim on May 23.

Patton said even though Nagaland has so far not recorded any COVID-19 positive case the citizens cannot afford to remain complacent.

With the BSL- 3 laboratory being functional now, Patton said it has brought some respite to the state adding and that anyone with COVID-19 symptom should visit the nearest healthcare facility and avail treatment. 

Patton also reiterated the importance of adhering to the government advisories, maintaining discipline such as social distancing and wearing face masks.

He appreciated the churches, village council, womenfolk and students’ union for their preparedness and untiring efforts in joining the global war against COVID-19. 


DC Tuensang issue directives to pet owners
Deputy commissioner Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has issued an order to all concerned that some village authorities/ward authorities/ individuals/groups have issued shoot at sight order for dogs which is a punishable offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. 
According to DIPR report, legal proceedings shall be initiated under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and the prevention of cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 against any village authorities/ward authorities/individuals/groups acting in contravention to the prevention of cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and several quarantine centres being set up in different parts of the district, all pet owners are directed to prevent their pets from straying outside respective home premises. Action shall be initiated under relevant section of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 against the owner whose pets are found loitering in the town/villages. DC also notified the following institutions have been requisitioned as quarantine centers with immediate effect: Sao Chang College Tuensang, Government Polytechnic Sedem, St. John’s school (both Higher Secondary and Primary section), Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Government Higher Secondary School, Imlong Theological College, CBLT Guest House and Baptist Thangyen school Tuensang.
Zunheboto DISTRICT
Ongoing preparation of quarantine centres at Pughoboto
Y. Vikheho Swu, MLA for 13 A/C Pughoboto visited Pughoboto sub-division on May 21 and 22 to inspect the ongoing preparation of quarantine centers for the Naga students returning home from different cities. 
A press release from 13 A/C Pughoboto press bureau, Tovishe Swu stated that, during the visit and with the SOP changing now and then, MLA noticed that administration and medical officers were unable to supply correct information to the villages and the sub-division. In this regard, the MLA cautioned that under such uncertainty things may go wrong.  
During the joint meeting with the village leaders and medical department at Ighanumi and with KT and Ghathashi area leaders and medical department at Ghathashi council  hall, Vikheho asked public not to panic or discriminate or even attempt to stigmatize the returnees in any manner. He informed that on arrival to Nagaland all the returnees would be kept at the state government designated quarantine centers at Dimapur and Kohima for 14 days to rule out any infection. Only after 14 days they would be send to sub-divisions or to their  respective villages for another 14 days to rule out doubts, whereby he asked  the village leaders not to make assumptions and create confusion leading to mishandling of COVID 19 related matters. 
On fund issue, he said that ADC office in Pughoboto is being run mainly out of the money contributed from well wishers, with very nominal amount of money to ADC office till date from the government. He reminded the village chairman and leaders that grant in-aid money under Rural department given to the villages was for specific purpose with strict instruction which included, storage of rice, procumbent of medicine for village use etc and not as done in many villages in the past. 
MLA also lamented the absence of medical doctor to Kilomi PHC, while doctor at Ighanumi PHC was without ambulance during such a time as this. MLA assured the public that he would put up the matter on priority to the appropriate authority and government for immediate redressal. MLA was accompanied by ADC Pughoboto and SDO (Civil) Pughoboto in-charge of Ghathashi area.
Pughoboto CHC has set up quarantine center for 20 beds at the newly constructed outdoor stadium at old Pughoboto (Natsumi). Ghathashi PHC has set up 12 quarantine beds at the Cultural Hub, Ghathashi. Ighanumi PHC has set up 4 quarantine beds at the village council hall. 

Agriculture officials tour Peren district
An official team led by Dr. I Amenla, joint director and Velhusalu Vero, deputy director from the directorate of Agriculture toured Peren district on May 21 and 22, with an object to create awareness, preparedness, encourage and motivate the extension personnel and the farmers of Peren district. 
According to DIPR report, the team interacted and deliberated with host of officials from the Agriculture department, KVK, ATMA and the farmers on issues pertaining to agricultural activities, Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera frugiperda) and cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) infestations in maize and potato crops respectively. 
Later on, the team launched the release of 2000 masks, soaps and pamphlets on farming advisories during COVID-19 for the small and marginal farmers of Peren district. Team accompanied by DAO, Peren and SDAO, Jalukie also called on the deputy commisioner, Peren and apprised him on the various agricultural activities in Peren district and state agriculture department preparedness and actions during the pandemic COVID-19 and pest infestations. 
The team also visited various ATMA farm schools, oil palm areas and interacted with the farmers with issues and challenges.
CSUD appeals returnees to cooperate
Chang Students Union Dimapur (CSUD) appealed all returnees from interstate as well as outside state to co-operate with state government as well as districts administration in abiding all norms and guidelines for entire quarantine period.
A press release from president, CSUD, Stephen Chang and assistant general secretary, Imkonglemba Chang, further appealed all quarantined individuals to co-operate for total containment and fulfil the quarantine period in latter and spirit to avoid any crisis.
CSUD further appealed state government to provide maximum and best facilities for quarantined persons and also setting up BSL-3 lab at Eastern districts at the earliest. Union urged all sections of the people and communities to avoid any discrimination and stigmatisation among quarantined persons once they completed their quarantine period and also to avoid maximum restrain from any rumours and propaganda, which will hamper the entire process of containment.
On E-education system, the CSUD requested state government to provide all necessary facilities in order to reach every nook and corner of the districts for benefits of students. CSUD also assured fullest support and assist whenever necessary during this pandemic.
NBS Dimapur condemns Danapur Railway Station incident
Nagaland Bhojpuri Samaj (NBS), Dimapur has expressed great concern at the unruly behaviour of the intruders who had forcefully entered the train at Danapur Railway Station in Bihar, which was coming from Gurugram, Haryana to Dimapur carrying NE students on May 24.
In a press release, NBS Dimapur working president Promod Singh requested the government of Bihar and Railway authorities to sternly deal with such elements and ensure the safety of Northeast passengers. NBS Dimapur also lauded Robin Hibu, additional director general of Police (ADGP) and special commissioner of Police, Delhi, for coordinating with Bihar ADG and UP, ADGP for safe passage of NE passengers.  The Samaj further lauded the government of Nagaland, Dimapur Police and administration for facilitating travel arrangement of 1600 stranded Bihari workers to Bihar by train from Dimapur.
Dedicatory prayer meeting at Noklak
Additional deputy commissioner, Noklak M. Chaitanya Prasad along with the members of Noklak Sub-Divisional Task Force (SDTF) against COVID-19, civil societies and churches conducted a dedicatory programme of quarantine centres at Noklak on May 24. According to DIPR report, during the short programme, ADC mentioned that, the quarantine centres were ready at Model School and KGBV Hostel, located at Danlepdong sector, Noklak. While appreciating the NGOs, civil societies, task force, line departments, managing committee, food & catering committee, accommodation & logistic committee and all front line workers, ADC thanked all concerned for the effort and  logistics arrangement for setting up of quarantine centres.  
He sought co-operation from all concerned to continue in the same spirit and to run the quarantine centres smoothly. 
Highlighting on the returnees, he requested the managing committees and all the frontline workers to work properly, carefully and help in all possible ways to the quarantined persons.
Executive secretary, Khiamniungan Baptist Churches Association (KBCA) P. Himpao Lam led the dedicatory prayer.
NDRF sanitisation drive in Kohima
One sub-team of 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh, stationed at 4th NAP Thizama, conducted sanitisation drive in the premises of Indira Gandhi Stadium (IGS) Kohima on May 24. 
A press release from 12th Bn NDRF stated that IGS Kohima has been earmarked for screening of residents of Nagaland coming from outside. Sub inspector K. P. Singh (team leader) also briefed the medical staff doing their duty at IGS.  
NDRF team sprayed sodium hypochlorite and water mixed solution in all surroundings of IGS. 
Team commander further explained that NDRF will continue to do the same. 
Rescuers of 12th Bn NDRF sprayed the disinfectant by jet spray and motorized spray machine. The team members were full equipped with PPE.

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