Need to focus on border areas: Pangnyu

Need to focus on border areas: Pangnyu
S Pangnyu Phom (File)
DIMAPUR, APR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/8/2020 12:15:54 PM IST

To void rush, H&FW suggests relaxing timing for shoppers

Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) minister, S Pangnyu Phom, who held a review meeting on COVID-19 Wednesday, has asked the department officials to give more focus on the areas bordering other states as the situation was very vulnerable at this stage. 

According to Information, Education & Communication (IEC) state bureau, Pangnyu insisted that quarantine measures should be implemented more strictly in those areas. He also discussed about strengthening of doctors in district level for temporary adjustments and allocations of manpower.

Further, the minister advised the department to resume the construction work of Medical College in Kohima starting April 9 and to come up with a system to manage the labour. Phom also asked the department to obtain special permission from the district administration in order to purchase essential materials for the ongoing construction. 

At the meeting, the principal director H&FW, Dr. Vizolie Z Soukhrie, said that activities at the district level were implemented in a more disciplined manner with the full support of the community. PD appealed to the government to wait for two more weeks before resuming daily activities. 

He also clarified that the sample taken for testing of COVID-19 virus was transported in a special medium called “viral transport medium” wherein the virus was not expected to die for at least 48 hours therefore it was potent for testing effectively. “So far the cases of testing have been reported within 20 hours so the misconception of negative cases should not be there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department has appealed for relaxing the timing for marketing, saying social distancing was not being maintained during rush for shopping in limited time and all efforts becomes useless. The department said it was necessary to relax the time in order to avoid crowding.

Shelters migrant labourers: Dimapur district administration has set up relief camps and shelters for more than 350 migrant labourers, all of whom are also being provided food along with 8,000 daily wagers and other needy people by the administration and civil society organisations, principal secretary (home) Abhijit Sinha stated. 


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