More meetings, appeals, directives to combat COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/4/2020 1:28:43 PM IST

In view of the preventive measures being undertaken to contain possible spread of COVID-19 into Nagaland state, there are series of meetings conducted by government agencies. In addition, various churches and civil bodies have also been giving out appeals for public to follow preventive directives during the lockdown period.  

G. Kaito visits Zunheboto to asses COVID-19 preparedness: Minister of Agriculture & Cooperation, and minister in-charge of the district (COVID-19 pandemic), G Kaito Aye visited Zunheboto district on April 4, to access the current situation and preparedness of all the different concerned departments at the district. 
According to DIPR report, minister in his brief interaction with the attendees, which included, heads of concerned government departments, district task force, monitoring team, church leaders, ZCCI, public leaders, volunteers and party workers, lauded the efforts and expressed appreciation by saying that, the selfless efforts so far has been heart warming and exemplary. He added that tougher times could be on the making for which everyone should be best prepared for the worst case scenario. During the interaction, the minister urged the Medical department to be precise on their immediate requirements and assured of every possible help from his side and the govt. He appealed to the church leaders on behalf of the government to always keep them and the people of Nagaland in their prayers. Minister appealed to all to be prepared mentally, physically in the fight against the global pandemic COVID-19.
Earlier, report on behalf of the Medical department was presented by Dy. CMO Dr. Akaho Sema, preparedness on the stocks of essential commodities was delivered by president ZCCI Kikheto Muru. Detailed report on the availability of rice in the district was presented by ADS Food and Civil Supplies. The interaction began with invocation by pastor ZTSBC Dr. Daniel and thanksgiving by pastor SBCZ Dr Hutton.
Wokha CMO holds meeting on COVID-19: Consultative meeting in order to take up more preparedness and to strengthen their activities on COVID-19 in case of any emergency, a meeting was held at the office chamber of the chief medical officer on April 2.
According to DIPR report, during the meeting the following agendas were discussed and resolved, that the safety of the public 24X7 services ambulance will be give wherein: 24X7 ambulance services will be looked after from Dr. Motsuo Memorial District Hospital and for any query the following numbers were given, 87298749335/70051664213 &7005155280; Christian Medical Centre (CMC) Vankhosung, Wokha has been arranged for the convenience of the patients. The following doctors were deployed to man the hospital with Dr. Akum DTO (RNTCP) as in-charge (9862714233) of the team; Akum will be assisted by the following doctors, Dr.V hiben Litha MO PHC Humtso, Dr. Liphamo Odyuo, Dr. Thungchanbeni Patton and Dr. Achumi; Dr. Nesapra Kezo (9862198623) and Dr. Kuokhole Savino (7629874989) will be in-charge of the quarantine facility at GHSS and already trained how to use the PPE at District Hospital at Wokha; 24X7 Ambulance (NSACS) service at district head quarter, driver contact number 8415936624 and counselor Robin Ezung.
Dr. Mhonchan Kithan (ZLO) is assigned to look after the MMU vehicle for emergency movement of doctors and medical staff only. All PHC ambulance attached to MO should be in their respective posting place, while preparation of control room roster (COVID-19) for registrations were also discussed.
Dy CMO Zunheboto visits entry gate to Zunheboto: Deputy chief medical officer (CMO) Zunheboto, Dr Akaho Awomi on Saturday visited the entry gate of Zunheboto and interacted with all the medical staff and police personnel on duty. A press release from COVID-India media reporter, Bombo K. Yeptho stated that, he ensured that duty was performed at the best and that every record should be well maintained and submitted to the district COVID-19 control room. He also ensured that persons on duty were well secured and told them to maintain proper distance from the people especially from those who were entering the district from other places and even among themselves. He also ensured that they wore mask and make use of hand sanitizers to keep themselves protected. He cautioned them not to allow the drivers entering the district to get down from their vehicle and ensured that they were properly sanitized and masks and gloves given to them and their proper records maintained. He also urged the team to respond actively to the control room and always be updated with the latest information, and not to leave the duty place early without completion of their respective time and rotation of duty time.  
Women account holders under PMJDY to get ex-gratia: Department of Urban Development Nagaland has issued a circular on April 4 with regard to the decision taken by the government of India to provide a onetime ex-gratia payment of Rs. 500/- per month for the next three months (starting from April 1) to all women Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) account holders through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) package. DIPR report stated that this decision has been taken by the centre in view of the economic and social distress caused due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The distribution of funds to the urban as well as rural PMJDY account holders will be carried out by the ministry of Rural Development, government of India through the State Bank of India. In this regard, all urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state have been requested to communicate the above decision of the centre and create widespread awareness of the scheme and also facilitate withdrawal of funds by the beneficiaries in an orderly manner adhering to the norms of social distancing. ULBs may also consult the Rural Development department in the district/sub-division to ascertain that funds are deposited into the beneficiaries account. Action taken report on the matter is to be communicated to the department of Urban Development for further action. 
DBPF appeals citizens to remain home prayerfully: Dimapur Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (DBPF) held an emergency executive meeting on March 30, to deliberate on the ongoing situation and decided to encourage every believer and citizens residing in Dimapur. A press release from DBPF president, Rev. Vitoshe Swu stated that, so far Nagaland has no record of a single positive COVID-19 case as per latest report. Stating that the situation being extraordinary with the central government bringing national lockdown, the DBPF pointed out that not only normal responsibilities have been disrupted but the congregational worship for believers has been paralyzed which may prolong if the COVID-19 is not satisfactorily contained at the earliest. In this regard, while encouraging the believers not to forget that each individual is “the temple of God”, the DBPF reminded for reflection upon the triumphal entry of Lord Jesus into Jerusalem, the crucifixion, and the resurrection prayerfully in own house worship. President also encouraged every believer to be considerate with neighbours who might be in need during this time.
DDADU appeals to DC Dimapur: Dimapur District Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union  (DDADU) has appealed to deputy commissioner (DC) Dimapur to provide every possible assistance to auto drivers at the earliest. A press release from DDADU president, Tito Yepthomi stated that, since the lockdown in Dimapur and further total lockdown in Dimapur, the auto drivers have been facing untold problems. Stating that, driving was their only livelihood for maintaining their families, the DDADU stated that it has become impossible to run their concerned families anymore. DDADU has been extending helping hand to the auto drivers families and public around Dimapur district but it has exhausted all its ability now. In this regard, the DDADU has appealed the DC to provide assistance to the auto drivers. 
DRSU appeals government for proper strategies: While appreciating the centre government and state government for enforcing law and orders and providing indispensable facilities to all the needy general public in the state, the Dimapur Rengma Students’ Union (DRSU) has appealed to all the public to follow the laws and orders and also to avail the facilities provided by different organizations through proper channel. In a press release DRSU president Kvuchulo Khing and general secretary, Micheal Kath also appealed the state government to apprise the union government to analyse the current situation, and make proper strategies to implement once the 21-day lockdown was lifted. It urged the state govt. to appraise the centre govt. to invest more money and effort on research institutions and scientists to find the vaccine rather than only enforcing lockdown.  Union also vehemently condemned the inhuman act of police personnel upon Dr. Sezo while returning from COVID-19 official duty on April 3 and appealed the concerned authority to take necessary action as per the law. Union also expressed its deepest sympathy to all the people specially the daily wage earners for facing problems due to the continuous lockdown, and urged all the Christians to pray for healing from this deadly disease.
Review meeting held in Bhandari: A review meeting of Bhandari block task force (BTF) on COVID-19 was held at the conference hall of the additional deputy commissioner Bhandari, on April 1. According to DIPR report, additional deputy commissioner, Bhandari Tiameren Chang said that efforts to prevent entry or spread of the pandemic into the sub-division will be stepped up and called on everyone concerned to continue to cooperate without fail. He also appealed for systematic coordination between medical, police and administration departments to deliver effective service to the public. ADC also informed that required basic materials at the quarantine wards will be purchased and provided by the BTF for the time being. In the meeting the task force also decided to intensify preventive measures in its fight against the pandemic. Stricter ways of manning the police check gate, Bhandari where a major highway passes through from Merapani to Wokha, screening of people entering from outside, disinfecting vehicles carrying essential commodities, movement of public during the 21 day lockdown and maintaining social distancing while purchasing essential goods, etc were also discussed in the meeting.
DC Longleng bans and directs: DC Longleng has banned unauthorised announcement in the town relating to COVID-19 in the district with immediate effect. According to DIPR report, any announcement in the town on COVID-19 shall be done through the department of Information & Publication Relations (DPRO office Longleng) after authorisation from the district administration. DC has also prohibited usage of unauthorised vehicle/volunteers’ badge on COVID-19 in the district. Any such badges shall be permitted provided it is authorised by the office of DC Longleng. DC Longleng also reiterated and directed all the village council to authorise only one VCM along with a driver to purchase essential commodities for the village and should ensure that the list of commodities for purchase (in bulk) fully filled in the council’s pad. It further warned that authorization by the village council to individual for personal purpose is strictly prohibited, and the village council shall be held responsible for violation and misuse of power of authorization and it shall be deemed as violation of government order and shall be dealt with as per the relevant section of law. DC also appealed to the customers to maintain social distancing during purchase of essential commodities. In view of outbreak of COVID19 the Village Guards (VGs) of Longleng assisted by Nagaland Police have established temporary check post at Dikhu River bordering to Mokokchung district on April 3 to contain the spread of COVID-19.  While on the other side of the Dikhu river in between Tangha village and Tamlu headquarter the village council, students union and VGs of Tangha village had sealed movement of vehicles at Dikhu bridge.
 On April 2 the principal director of Health & Family Welfare visited Longleng and held meeting with the doctors, nurses and medical staff in the presence of the district administration and Police led by DC M. Shayung Phom and Superintendent of Police Yanithung Ezung at District Hospital, Longleng. After a short briefing the principal director inspected the District Hospital that was converted and reserved for the Coronavirus patients and later to the Government Higher Secondary School, Longleng temporarily converted to District Hospital of Longleng.
DC Mokokchung on purchase and sale of essential commodities: Deputy commissioner (DC) Mokokchung has issued an order regarding purchase and sale of essential commodities throughout the entire district till further orders: All shops selling essential commodities are to open only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m; They are to remain closed on the remaining days. However the order stated that pharmacies are to remain open on all days. DC also informed all concerned that ward task force/village task force COVID-19 has been constituted as per the government directive and are in operation in respective wards/villages in Mokokchung district as per the directives of the district administration. All officials on duty and the public have been requested to extend cooperation towards the wards/village task force. DC also directed all the task force to operate strictly as per the guidelines issued, adding that strict action will be initiated against anyone acting in contravention to the guidelines. He also informed that Dr. Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital Mokokchung will be converted to COVID-19 hospital from April 6. All in-patient will be shifted to Lenjem Hospital on April 6. Also new patients seeking emergency health care at IMDH will be diverted to Lenjem Hospital. Only COVID-19 patients will be entertained and admitted at IMDH.
DC Mon issues directives: Deputy commissioner (DC) Mon Thavaseelan K notified that in the interest of public health and safety the following directives are hereby issued: Public movement permit’ will be issued for each household under Mon town; Only 1 (one) person from a household will be permitted to go out for purchase of essential commodities, medicines and visit ATM only on the production of this permit in original; Shopkeepers shall sell the essential commodities to customers only on the production of this permit in original; This permit will not be issued to home quarantine households until completion of the quarantine period.


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