More advisories, information to public on COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/23/2020 9:47:25 AM IST

In view of the possible spread of pandemic COVID-19 in the state, several advisories and preventive measures are being undertaken in Nagaland. Various government agencies and civil societies are constantly monitoring that advisories are being followed to safeguard the health of the general public.

DMC Dimapur: Disaster management committee (DMC) meeting headed by DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi was held at DC conference hall on March 23. 

According to DIPR report, the meeting resolved that weddings and other social gatherings will be restricted and in the event of emergency, prior permission has to be obtained from competent authority. 

It was also resolved that public announcement on the situation if needed will be done by DPRO office Dimapur, dissemination of information to all colonies and wards to be done by DMC and other issues relating to preparedness for possible outbreak of COViD -19 in the district were discussed.

Review meeting Kohima: A review meeting with of the various steps and measures taken up by the state government of Nagaland on the spread of CODIV-19 with nodal officer for Nagaland for effective coordination and management by the government of India, Sanjay Kumar was held at the secretariat conference hall, Kohima on March 23. 

According to DIPR report, Sanjay Kumar stated that the government of India was taking very serious measures to control the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. He called on the government of Nagaland to be fully prepared for any eventualities and to follow the guidelines issued by the ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI from time to time. He also assured that as a nodal officer he will act as a link between the center and the state in COVID-19 management.  

Chief secretary, Temjen Toy informed the meeting that Nagaland was one of the first states in the country to take steps and follow the guidelines issued by the GoI and that the state government has been monitoring the developments closely. He also highlighted the nodal officer on the preparative measures taken up by the state government. 

Toy stated that the state government has placed more orders for procurement of PPE, ventilators and other medical equipments and requested the nodal officer to intervene into the matter for timely delivery of all such equipments. 

The meeting noted with concern that many students coming back to the state are not adhering to advisory for self quarantine and to contact the COVID-19 helplines, which is causing much concern to the concerned authorities. Chief secretary stated that if such advisories were continued to be ignored the authorities may be forced to impose compulsory quarantine as per the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. Temjen Toy also informed that there was no shortage of essential commodities including fuel and LPGs in the state of Nagaland as there are no restrictions on vehicular movements carrying essential commodities. He also expressed concern over adulterated hand sanitizers in the market and called on the district administration to keep a check on such items. 

NMC: Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) appealed its members who are not in active medical service, such as, retired doctors, to equip/update themselves as their services may be called anytime if the situation demands. A press release from NMC president Dr. Joyce Angami and vice president Dr. Sashimeren Aier requested the medical fraternity to upgrade and capacitate themselves through different trainings and literatures available to NMC. NMC also appreciated all members of the medical fraternity for their contribution to the challenge of Coronavirus so far. 

Government hospitals: Department of Health & Family Welfare has issued the following directives to be undertaken by all hospitals both government and private irrespective of system of medicine with immediate effect: In order to decongest OPD and other crowded areas in the hospitals; Organize registration counter in a spacious and easily accessible place or alternately in case of space constraints, separate/multiple registration counters for patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms; Registration counter to identify upon enquiry patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any referred cases with such signs/symptoms, and will direct such patients to the dedicated OPD; Organize separate/dedicated OPD for examination of any patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms; Display adequate signage for information and convenience of all users of the services; Restrict visitors to inpatients as well as number of patient’s attendants to 1 (one) only in wards. NB: Visitors/attendants is prohibited in isolation ward for COVID-19 cases; To impose no entry and parking of private/commercial/nonessential vehicles in the vicinity of the hospital; Except for pharmacies, all nonessential shops and eateries in the vicinity of hospital to be shut down; To restrict non-urgent hospitalization/admission of stable patients, to postpone/minimize non¬essential elective surgeries and to discharge stable patients as early as possible; Install portable washbasins for the purpose of hand hygiene in strategic places. Any act of non-compliance shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable as per the provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.

Private hospital: Following directives have been issued to all private hospitals irrespective of system of medicine for necessary actions: Not to deny/refuse care to any patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms, suspected COVID-19 and pneumonia patients. NB: It is mandatory to notify any such patients to respective district surveillance unit immediately; To provide treatment free of cost to any medical personnel who pick up infection while treating patients; To mandatorily set apart and prepare for creating isolation facilities for use in case of any eventualities. Details of preparedness to be submitted to respective CMO by March 26 positively; To ensure adequate training of all health personnel of the hospital on COVID-19 management and infection prevention and control measures; To stock adequate supplies including masks and PPEs; Shall educate patients and their attendants on safe practices such as respiratory hygiene, proper use of mask, Do’s and Donts, etc; Not to grant leave of any kinds except under emergency and unavoidable circumstances to all categories of staff; To furnish contact details of the hospital to respective CMO by March 26 positively. Any act of non-compliance shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable as per the provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.

DC Kohima: Deputy commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie has issued the following directives for strict compliances with immediate effect till further orders: All construction works except for road construction are hereby put on hold; Students coming from other states are to mandatorily stay in home isolation for 14 days and to contact the Kohima Helpline No. 8575563906/6909937493 for any information and queries; All the village council chairman, ward/colony chairmen are to inform the same to all concerned; All commercial passenger vehicles both public and private like buses, taxis, two wheeler taxis shall not ply; Movement of all public is restricted except those coming out of their houses for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, medical facilities etc.; Interstate entry point at Khuzama shall be sealed except for movement of essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and supplies; However the drivers and passengers of the vehicle shall be screened. 

Following are exempted from the purview of the restrictions notified: IOC and all other petroleum PSUs, FCI, Home Guards & Civil Defence, BSNL, all private telecom and internet service providers and their technical staff; LPG Dealers and their delivery, private water tankers/carriers, ongoing road construction works; Vehicles transporting road construction materials and equipments. 

DC also directed all area administrative officers to immediately adhere to the following directives: Issue advisory to all village councils within respective jurisdictions to avoid/restrict movement of public especially those person coming from outside; To avoid gathering of people; To immediately earmark/designate council hall (preferably) or village rest houses or other places as “quarantine zone”; The council to get in touch with the local health workers in-case of any exigencies and may contact Kohima Helpline No. 8575563906/6909937493; Immediately corroborate and issue all other notification/guidelines etc by the state government (till date) on COVID-19 to all village councils for strict compliance.

DC Phek: Deputy commissioner Phek, Sachin Jaiswal has issued the following orders for compliance by all concerned: All commercial passenger vehicles both public and private like buses, taxis, sumo service etc shall stop plying immediately; Movement of all public is restricted except those for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential/medical service or other basic needs; All interstate entry points shall be sealed except for movement of essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and supplies and goods vehicles transiting the district. 

However the drivers and attendants of the vehicles transiting the district shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocol; All government offices both central and state except district administration, police, security forces, Fire & Emergency Services, Medical, Postal Service, NIC, DDMA/NSDMA, Power, Food & Civil Supplies, Treasury & Accounts, Banks/ATMs, AIR shall remain closed till further notice; All heads of departments are to remain in station and ensure that all subordinate officers/staff are also in station and be on standby for any exigencies; Those officers who are out of station for various reasons other than on medical ground should report to the station within 24 hours; Any person/group acting in violation of this order shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

DC Tuensang: Deputy commissioner Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has issued the following orders to be applicable throughout Tuensang district: All shops and business establishments except pharmacies, petrol pumps and grocery shops selling food grains, food items, vegetables, daily use items, other essential commodities and media offices shall remain closed till further orders; All commercial passenger vehicles both public and private like buses, taxes, autos, two - wheeler taxis etc shall not ply till further orders; Movement of all public is restricted except those coming out of their homes for procurement and distribution of essentials commodities, availing essential services, medical facilities and other basic needs; All government offices, both central and state, except district administration, Police, Security Forces, Fire and Emergency Services, Medical, Postal Services, NIC, DDMA, Power, PHED, Food and Civil Supplies, Treasury and Accounts, Bank/ATM shall remain closed till further orders. All other government employees should be available on call; All head of departments are to remain in station and to ensure that all subordinate officers/staff are also in the station and be on standby for any exigencies; All officers who are out of station for various reasons other than medical ground should report to station within 24 hours. Any person/group persons acting in violation of this order shall be deemed to have committed on offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. DC Tuensang also notified the following locations as quarantine centres: St. John’s School (both higher secondary/primary section) and Baptist Thangyem Hr. Sec. School, Tuensang.

Tuensang DTF: Tuensang district task force (DTF) sat for a training on COVID-19 at DC’s conference hall on March 23. According to DIPR report, Kumar Ramnikant deputy commissioner chaired the training attended by district administration, DIG, Police, AR, Medical, TDDMA, NGOs and tribal community representatives.  

Dr. John nodal officer for COVID-19 Tuensang explained the detail on route of transmission, symptoms of the disease, epidemiology of COVID-19, and had a detailed discussion on the COVID issues. 

NGO representatives also reported on their activities with regarding to COVID-19 in their respective parameters. 

District administration also advised the ward leaders to control the students playing in the grounds and free spaces and make them aware the meaning of lockdown. District administration also directed all ward unions in Tuensang to set up a core team to check the incoming students/individuals entering to the district shall be reported to the TDTF so that necessary protocol should be followed. 

Wokha DTF: Rapid response team (RRT) held a consultative meeting under district task force (DTF) for COVID-19 Wokha, on March 23 at deputy commissioner conference hall. 

According to DIPR, the team members deliberated to assimilate preparedness level in the district, to create awareness and to formulate preventive measures.  

DTF also decided to hold a co-ordination meeting with the adjourning village chairmen to disseminate awareness and to collect information about the status of persons and students coming from outside the state in their locality. 

Wokha district task force for COVID-19 informed that the district has reserved two rooms, six bedded as isolation room at District Hospital in case of any detection of the disease in the district and that if needed, Government Higher Secondary School, Wokha has been notified to take up preventive measures for quarantine. 

Further, community health centers (CHCs) like Bhandari, Sanis, Baghty, Niryo and Chukitong has been notified and rooms kept reserved for isolation.

Peren DTF: District task force for covid-19 Peren has issued the following directives for strict compliance and adherence: Immediate closure of all shops in crowded areas except those dealing with shops/outlets dealing with food grains, vegetable, food items, medicines and other essential items and goods till further orders; Immediate closure of all dine-in- restaurant, dhabas, eateries or any food joints throughout the district till further orders. However, any such outlets may keep its kitchen open for home delivery or takeaways, provided all health safety measures are followed strictly; Immediate closure of all departmental stores, gyms beauty parlours, salons/barber shops and all such shops till further orders; Immediate restrictions of public entry into banks, financial institution, except for very essential and emergency activities like passing of govt bills and payment of users charge and fees, withdrawal of cash for urgent purposes and others such needs. 

All banks should adhere to the health advisory on prevention and spread of COVID-19; Anybody or any establishment found violating the above directives will be penalized under appropriate section of the law. 

For any query one may contact the following helpline numbers Peren 9862141351; Jalukie 9862678400; Tening 9436207916 and Athibung 8731815626. 

ZPO Kohima: Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO), Kohima together with the apex ZPO Nagaland has appealed to the district administration of Peren to be cautious of the three vulnerable entry-points to Peren district namely: Peren-Maram Road (Manipur); Khelma-Kepere Bazaar (Assam); Ntu-Tamei Road (Manipur) in view of the possible spread of COVID-19.

A press release from ZPO Kohima president, Visa Merus and general secretary, Joshua Newmai stated that, there were also frequent unguarded movements of non-local drivers and machinery operators of the timber and logging as well as other businesses being rampantly undertaken in the district. 

This was discussed at the ZPO Kohima general session held on March 21 at Kohima. It was also decided at the meeting that local masses shall be sensitized on scale of a war footing on the Dos and Don’ts of protecting from the spread of COVID-19 and more importantly the need of awareness to abstain from hunting and fishing without restriction. 

General secretary presented the up-to-date record of its activities, while house also approved the report of the search committee constituting the new executive body to be headed for another term by Visa Meru as president. 

Ao Senden: Ao Senden (AS) has requested all public to follow the Do’s and Don’ts and other advisories issued by the government with regard to COVID-19. A press release by AS president Chubawati Longchar and general secretary, Imtipokyim appealed all the village councils, wards leaders, range office bearers to follow the governments advisory and to safeguard their respective jurisdictions from the dreaded COVID-19. Senden also appealed the state government to be prepared with proper testing facilities and other arrangements in tackling the COVID-19 in case of an outbreak. 

GBUD: GB Union Dimapur (GBUD) has informed all GBs under Dimapur sadar to spread awareness about the pandemic and avoid rumours in their respective colonies so that no citizen’s life shall is put in danger. GBUD also cautioned every citizen to act responsibly and to sensibly follow the guidelines issued by the Health department to stay safe and to contain the spread of the virus. If anyone develops the symptoms of the virus, seek immediate medical helpline at 7630877991 for guidance.

MVC: Mopungchuket Village Council (MVC) has informed that all tourist spots in the village shall remain closed till further notice. 

A press release from Mopungchuket Village Council chairman Lipoktemsu Jamir stated that, entry of tourists and visitors to the village will be restricted during this period. 

Travelers from other villages travelling via Mopungchuket village are not restricted but are not allowed to halt within the village jurisdiction. Any individual entering the village should inform the village council and is mandatory that they undergo thermal scanning at the village health and wellness center. Anybody found violating this notification shall attract heavy penalty.

PYO & PNYO: Poilwa Youth Organisation (PYO) and Poilwa Namci Youth Organisation (PNYO) have put a blanket ban on any tourist, local and foreign visiting Poilwa village and under its jurisdiction for any purpose. A press release from PYO president Iraipoing and PNYO president Hingbe stated that, outside resident of Poimi should be socially conscious of visiting Poilwa so as to prevent any misconception. For any information contact president PYO at 9402638830/ President PNYO at 9402024730.

IEF Mokokchung: International Evangelistic Fellowship (IEF) president, T. Chujang Aier has appealed to all its members, near and far and well wishers to joint in prayer and fasting on March 25.  

PVC bans: Peletkie/Lekie Village Council (PVC) under Peren district held its emergency meeting on March 22 and resolved to ban visitors (domestic and foreign) into the village with immediate effect until further notice. 

A press release from village council chairman, Inkieng Chamlak stated that the council has unanimously resolved to ban entry of any visitors (official or non official) in its jurisdiction. It has also banned stoppage of passerby and purchasing of items in its jurisdiction until further order. The council has also warned against hosting of guest or organising parties with outsiders during this crucial period.  

PVC has appealed its citizens and outsiders to bear with the directive and urged to maintain social distancing.

TVC: Thuvopisu Village Council (TVC) has barred visitation to Dzüdü Lake and Kiwi farm from domestic and foreign tourists for a time being.

JCNET: Jotsoma Nature Conservation & Eco-Tourism (JNCET) has informed individuals, travel agencies, tour operators, government departments etc that it has suspended all foreign, domestic and local tourist visits and home stay services within its jurisdiction, including visits to Puliebadze with effect from March 17 till further notice as precautionary measure. 


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