Meetings, awareness and thermal screening to combat COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/2/2020 9:00:40 AM IST

Legislators, administration, police and civil bodies have been working cohesively to combat against the possible outbreak of COVID-19 into the state. Every measure is being taken up to provide awareness and medical thermal screening taken at various places. 

Mhathung Yanthan holds consultative meeting at Bhandari: Advisor of Horticulture and Border Affairs, Mhathung Yanthan along with DC Wokha Orenthung Lotha and CMO, Wokha held a consultative meeting on COVID-19 with the block task force, Bhandari (BTF) at the community health centre (CHC) Bhandari on April 1, to take stock of the COVID-19 situation and to step up efforts to contain and prevent its entry into Wokha district. 

According to DIPR report, additional deputy commissioner Bhandari, Tiameren Chang apprised that the block task force was doing all it could to ensure public health safety by utilizing every resource it has to keep the virus at bay. He also apprised that the quarantine ward set up at 7th NAP Hospital has been provided with basic facilities including two sets of PPEs for the time being. He further stated that a proposal has been send to concerned higher authority for supply of required materials.  Highlighting on the need of additional manpower under CHC Bhandari, Dr. Lawrence MO I/C informed that 5 SDRF trained personnel from Bhandari and some personnel from 7th NAP Bhandari have volunteered to assist the medical team to intensify screening and disinfecting vehicles passing through the Police check gate, Bhandari, towards Wokha district. Observing that Bhandari block was manning a porous cross border area, advisor Mhathung stressed on the need to take extra care in sealing off the border to ensure total safety and called for continuous effort from all teams concerned. To gap the shortage of manpower, he emphasized that retired doctors, nurses and other competent persons can be invited to volunteer during a crisis period. He also donated Rs.50,000/- to the medical team to meet exigency expenses. DC Wokha assured that the district administration will do its best to provide the requirements of the block on priority basis. The team also visited the quarantine and isolation wards and other infrastructures to take first hand assessment of preparedness under CHC Bhandari. They also visited the police check gate where thermal screening is being conducted by medical team in the presence of police on duty. Materials such as mask, gloves and hand sanitizers were also given to the block.

Review meeting held at NHAK for preparatory measures: Review meeting was held at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) in regard to preparatory measures undertaken with special emphasis to COVID-19 at NHAK, Kohima on April 2. According to DIPR report, advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire along with deputy commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie and Sr. SP Kohima, K. Sophie and DTF members attended the meeting. Dr. Thong informed that NHAK shall be activated to COVID-19 Treatment Center as and when 50% bed strength of Chedema is filled up with COVID positive patients for treatment. He said that all general OPDs and operation of any nature shall be suspended and only flu and related respiratory diseases shall be attended to in the designated OPD. The office of the MD and MS, EOC and administrative establishments shall be immediately shifted to the present Obs and Gynae Ward. Highlighting on the COVID positive patients admitted in the designated wards, Dr. Thong informed that no VIP accommodation can be provided owing to infrastructural constraints and as per the safety contingency plan. No healthcare staff on duty shall be allowed to leave the hospital premises during the entire duty period (1 week) and thereafter undergo compulsory institutional quarantine at the designated centre followed by home quarantine. In the event of exhaustion of the available health care workers, manpower shall be requisitioned from other unaffected districts as deemed fit by the department of Health & Family Welfare. Dr. Thong also highlighted for provision of round the clock perimeter security to prevent escape of the infected patients that will endanger the public outside the NHAK COVID-19 hospital. He also said that all admitted patients shall observe all sanitary guidelines and respiratory etiquettes. 

State health officials visit Longleng, Mon, Tuensang: State Principal director, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Vizolie Z Soukhrie, visited the districts of Mon, Longleng and Tuensang with a team of  the directorate officials on April 2 to assess the preparedness for the management and containment of COVID-19.  

A press release from DoH&FW stated that, the principal director held meetings with the district medical officials in the presence of the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of Police respectively in the three districts. While interacting with them, Dr.Vizolie said that the districts were fortunate to have such dynamic DCs and SPs who were really concerned about the health workers in the districts and actively involved in all the activities pertaining to COVID-19. He also added that, as health personnel they have encountered this kind of situations several times in the past and encouraged them to have courage even now. He also appreciated the commendable job that they were doing so far.  He insisted on practicing universal precautionary measures in the health facility as well as to propagate personal hygiene to the people. Dr. Vizolie also appealed the district team to strengthen awareness and sensitization and surveillance activity. He appreciated the active participation of the community  and from all the sectors in all the districts.

173rd CRPF conducts medical check up: Medical team from 173rd CRPF Battalion Dimapur conducted free medical check up to all the 44 persons (mostly students) who are under quarantine at Youth Hostel Dimapur on April 2. According to DIPR report, the medical team led by CMO of the battalion, Dr. Kumar Sankar Verma checked all the students and said that so far everyone was in good health besides few cases of gastric and acidity complains. They were given medicines free of cost besides hygiene aids like sanitizers, handwash and soaps.

DMC for making pitches in all shops: Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) administrator Albert Ezung has requested all the colony chairmen and GBs within the jurisdiction of DMC to make necessary arrangement within their respective colonies to mark pitches in all the shops dealing with essential commodities and medicines (pharmacies).  DMC also informed that the pitches should be at least one meter apart to ensure that the costumers maintain social distancing.

DC Mokokchung issues orders: Deputy commissioner (DC) Mokokchung issued orders that all water tankers/carriers operating within Mokokchung municipal area to obtain registration from the core committee on essential commodities COVID-19 Mokokchung; Further, water tankers/carriers operating outside Mokokchung municipal area are to obtain registration from the concerned administrative officer. The order further reiterated the earlier order that there shall no restriction on the movement of such registered water tanker/carrier. DC also stated that in order to streamline the movement of vehicles in the town, all the clerical and grade IV staff of the deputy commissioner Mokokchung has been restricted to commute to the office in personal vehicles. Necessary arrangements shall be made for the staff to commute to the office. HoDs of those departments providing essential services have been directed to initiate similar measures for the clerical staff.

DC Tuensang order on exemptions: Deputy commissioner (DC), Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has issued an order that the following items/activities under Tuensang district jurisdiction are exempted from the purview of the lock down with regard to COVID-19 prevention: Agencies engaged in the procurement of agriculture products including MSP operations; Shops of fertilizers; Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field; Intra state movement of harvester and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements; DC also permitted the vehicular movement of angawadi workers under Tuensang district to facilitate their functionaries to collect foodstuff from respective ICDS project offices. All anganwadi workers are to adhere to all directives/notifications issued by the government in view of outbreak of COVID-19 and to strictly comply by the safety measures and systematically distribute the foodstuff and to avoid gathering of large numbers of workers/AWC functionaries. 

GBUD cautions public: GB union Dimapur (GBUD), sadar, president M Y Ngullie and vice-president W Kholie Kapfo cautioned the public to refrain from harassing and intimidating doctors, nurses and medical staff who are giving their best service to people in order to contain the fight against COVID-19. GBUD requested the public to act in a responsible manner towards people dealing in pharmacies and essential commodities and to strictly adhere and follow the norms given by the district administration/law enforcing agencies for the safety of everyone. Meanwhile, GBs and colony authorities have been informed to check unruly behaviour of the public in their own respective colony areas so as to maintain social discipline and avoid unwanted artificial man-made situation. Further, the union requested colony GBs and council authorities especially those colonies bordering neighbouring states to monitor and check the inflow of people from trespassing within their jurisdiction and report the matter to the police department if such entry was taking place.

NCC offers helping hand: National Cadet Corps (NCC) has offered helping hand to civilian authorities by extending services of cadets under “exercise NCC yogdan”. According to PRO (Defence), it has issued guidelines for temporary employment of its cadets to augment relief efforts and functioning of various agencies involved in combating the pandemic. Tasks envisaged for NCC cadets include, manning of helpline/call centres, distribution of relief materials/medicines/ food/essential commodities, community assistance; data management and queue and traffic management.  According to the guidelines, cadets should not be employed in handling of law and order situation or for active military duties or at hot spots. Meanwhile, senior division volunteer cadets above 18 years of age will be employed in small cohesive groups of eight to 20 under the supervision of permanent instructor staff or/and an associate NCC officer.  Further, for employment of volunteer cadets, state governments/district administration has to send the requisition through state NCC directorates wherein, details will be coordinated at directorate/group headquarters/unit level with state government/local civil authority. It also stated that before the cadets are deployed for the duty, ground conditions and laid down requirements were to be ensured.

CHS urges citizens to stay at home: Chümoukedima Hindu Society (CHS) has directed all the Hindu community within Chümoukedima jurisdiction to stay at home and maintain social distancing during the lockdown period. A press release from CHS president Kishan Sharma and working president, Pinto M Ghosh stated that unless very urgent and unavoidable, people should not venture out. CHS stated that it would try to ensure that atleast some necessities of life are reached out to the needy. In this regard, CHS would like to appeal the well-wishers and other concerned sources to step forward to voluntarily contribute in cash or kind at this crucial time. CHS, further informed that that if anyone is in need of help or would like to contribute may contact at 76288 59113/82579 07961/87875 41729/9170058 16174.

Kiphire DTF meeting held: District task force (COVID-19) Kiphire held its meeting at DPDB hall Kiphire under the chairmanship of DC, Kiphire Sarita Yadav on April 1. According to DIPR report, additional SP Erie stated that as of now, temporary check points have been erected through local arrangements in all the entry/exit points and village guards are patrolling 24x7, so that people coming from Myanmar or going out from the Kiphire district have been totally restricted. He said the border has been sealed. Zisaji Presidency College Kiphire, Government Higher Secondary School Kiphire have been selected as isolation centre. Religious gatherings have been prohibited while the church pastors would be allowed to visit the houses for a child naming ceremony or conduct funeral programme. Gathering in the funeral should not be more 20 people. For the forthcoming Good Friday, mass gathering have been prohibited while pastors will be allowed to share God’s messages/prayer to the public on Good Friday and Easter Sunday at several locations in the colonies. The members decided to extend shopping day to Saturday as it coincides with Good Friday. Members from chamber of commerce briefing on food stock said that more essential commodities will be available by Monday. DC requested KDCC to direct all shopkeepers maintain same price for essential food items. It was also decided that donors who wish to give out to the needy public should inform the administration beforehand and they have been advised to buy the essential food items from Dimapur, and not from the stock of Kiphire district. Chairperson also requested Supply department to furnish details on food item already distributed to public for March and stock record for April 2020. Rural Development department was directed to give indicative outlines to villagers on money, which the government is going to give to facilitate quarantine. 

DoH&FW informs on free fuel for emergency: Directorate of Health & Family Welfare has informed that the Reliance Industries Ltd under its corporate responsibility has decided to offer free fuel to emergency service vehicles strictly for the following purpose: For carrying COVID-19 patients to and from designated quarantine and dedicated COVID- 19 Hospitals or Isolation facilities; For carrying people who have been advised quarantine at designated quarantine or Isolation facilities. According to DIPR report, free fuel will be issued by Reliance Retail Outlets only to emergency service vehicles driver/crew on production of authorization letter issued only by the following authorized government authorities: District administration officer identified by the deputy commissioner of the district; Chief medical officer of the district; district police administration identified by the superintendent of Police of the district. 

NB: The authorization letter shall be valid for one time fill and shall be retained at Reliance Retail Outlets; The authorized government authorities shall issue authorization letter in duplicate (original for Reliance Retail Outlets and duplicate copy as office record); The fuel quantity capped at up to 50 (Fifty) litres maximum per vehicle per day or any quantity up to 50 (Fifty) litres maximum; The free fuel gesture will be from March 30 till April 14, 2020. 


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