Preventive measures, guidelines, appeals for COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/7/2020 9:08:41 AM IST

To prevent the possible outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic into the state, many preventive measures and guidelines have been undertaken on a daily basis in Nagaland. Visits are also being made by authorities to various COVID-19 Hospitals and quarantine centres to ensure that Nagaland is well prepared to tackle the pandemic. 

Legislators and DTF Kohima COVID-19 visit health centres: As preparatory measures to fight against the COVID-19, the legislators and district task force (DTF) for Kohima COVID-19 visited isolation wards/health centers located at Western Angami area on April 6 to assess the availability of medical facilities and also to examine the status of preparations undertaken at the centers. According to DIPR report, the team led by legislators in-charge of Kohima district, minister for Housing and Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum and advisor Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire along with Keneizhakho Nakhro MLA, DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie, Sr. SP Kohima K. Sophie, CMO Kohima Dr. Vezokholu and other DTF members accompanied by area leaders visited the isolation wards/primary health centers of Jotsoma, Khonoma, Mezoma and Sechü. Minister Tongpang and advisor, Dr. Nicky interacted with the health workers and community leaders and lauded their efforts towards preparedness and precautionary measures undertaken at the village levels in monitoring and safeguarding their villages. Medical officers/health workers and community leaders highlighted the availability of medical facilities and preparedness status of their respective villages. 

Legislators visit Mokokchung District COVID-19 Hospital: Mokokchung District COVID-19 in-charge minister of Rural Development Metsubo Jamir and Advisor National Highways, Treasuries & Accounts Dr. Longri today held a meeting with the Mokokchung District Task Force on COVID-19 at the conference hall of ADC Planning, Mokokchung. The meeting was held mainly to take stock on the situation of the district and also to oversee the preparedness of the district on COVID-19. At the meeting, medical department led by the chief medical officer and medical superintendent of IMDH gave a detailed assessment of the hospital and other aspects. It was disclosed that the hospital has received ventilators, PPE, triple layered masks, hand sanitizers and others. However, the officers added that the hospital was facing shortages on protective equipments especially PPE and asked the in-charge to look into the shortages. The same appeal was also echoed by deputy commissioner at the meeting. The medical officers also informed the house that a total of 571 persons have been quarantined, out of which 475 have completed their quarantine. However, they expressed concern over those persons who entered the district before the lockdown. On the status of IMDH being turned COVID-19 hospital, officials stated that IMDH was now ready to accept COVID-19 positive patients if situation arises. Metsubo while addressing the meeting also called upon the cooperation of all the concerned as the police and district administration alone cannot oversee in implementing the lockdown. He also solicited the cooperation of all the NGOs like Ao Senden, Watsu Mungdang, AKM and All Ward Union Mokokchung who also attended the meeting. The team also visited District COVID-19 Hospital Mokokchung to oversee the preparation. The visiting team came across the installation of ventilators in the hospital that was underway. Various aspects of the hospital like toilet facilities, both for patients as well as staff were taken into account by the team. Metsubo Jamir also donated two numbers of solar street lights to be used at the COVID-19 Hospital. (Correspondent)

Principal director DHFW visits Phek, Wokha to asses preparedness: Principal director (PD), directorate of Health & Family Welfare (DHFW) Kohima, Dr. Vizolie along with state officials visited Phek on April 7, to assess the district COVID-19 preparedness and provide handholding support. 

A press release from NHM Phek district media officer, Kutolu Nakro stated that, a meeting was convened with the district officials and staff of the department where deputy commissioner and superintendant of Police also attended. Dr. Lanuakum district surveillance officer for COVID-19 gave an overview preparedness status of the district and Dr. Ruokuo Rutsa presented the preparedness of the quarantine centres set up in the district. Dr. Tiala medical superintendant DH Phek also shared about the requirements of the hospital. Dr. Vizolie stressed on the need to create awareness among the general public on COVID-19 and how to take precautionary measures. He also said not to stigmatise the disease but to educate people on the preventive measures. He along with the team visited District Hospital and expressed satisfaction and suggested to convert the DH into a COVID-19 hospital. He lauded the surveillance team and all the health workers and also the administration department and Police department for the support given to combat the disease. Deputy commissioner and superintendant of Police also gave their assurance of full support to the department for containment of the disease. Meanwhile Dr. Puse deputy director DHFW spoke on the bio-waste management and how to handle and dispose of waste materials if any positive case has to be treated. Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfuo chief medical officer, Phek chaired the meeting. Meanwhile, the PD also visited Wokha along with directorate officials on April 7. A press release from CMO office stated that, he visited Dr. Motsuo Memorial District Hospital which will be handling COVID-19 cases in the district and quarantine facility. Dr. Suokhrie also interacted with district medical officials to review the preparedness on COVID-19 undertaken in the district. Dr. Vizolie stated that safety of health workers was top priority and assured that more personal protection equipments will be available soon. He urged the health workers to follow protocol during sample collection of suspected COVID-19 cases and focus on having a proper logistic management system. Dr. Puse Liegise, state nodal officer NUHM spoke on the importance of following guidelines in disposing biomedical waste related to COVID-19 cases. chief medical officer Wokha and medical superintendent district hospital apprised the directorate officials of the preparedness in the district. PD also met Wokha deputy commissioner, superintendant of Police and administrative officials at DC conference hall. 

Wokha district administration seals Wokha border: Taking advantage of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, drugs peddlers and substance abuser frequently visit Assam for purchase and consumption. According to DIPR report, to curb such illegal activities deputy commissioner,-cum-Wokha district task force for COVID-19, has informed all Lotha villages bordering Assam to totally seal their areas and control such activities so that peddlers, substance abusers do not become victims of COVID-19. DC further informed that all the village council chairmen to act according to their village customary laws and law of the land and to strictly enforce and curb such illegal activities in their own areas and strict action should be initiated against the violators.

Department of H&FW issues measures: Department of Health & Family Welfare (DHFW) has issued the following in respect of “Self Declaration COVID-19 Nagaland App” in connection with home quarantine: Health officials while declaring any individual to put on home quarantine shall ensure the “Self Declaration COVID-19 Nagaland App” is downloaded in the person’s mobile phone and complete the registration process. All persons who are put under home quarantine shall comply with the following measures: To download the “Self Declaration COVID-19 Nagaland App” in his/her mobile phone and complete the registration process and switch “ON” the GPS facility of smart phone; He/She should always keep his/her mobile phone in “ON” mode with GPS enabled till he/she is released from home quarantine period; Those who are not in possession of smart phone, shall seek the support of the ASHA/ANM/school teacher or any person in possession of smart phone for self-declaration in case of having symptoms (fever and cough and/or shortness of breath) through community reporting; To update the health status daily in the App, using home quarantine tab; To answer phone calls from the control room/surveillance team; To cooperate with the surveillance team during home visits; To strictly follow the guideline on home quarantine. 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 Mon informs on GIA fund and home delivery of local greens: Deputy commissioner of Mon Thavaseelan K has informed that 50% of GIA has been released as 1st instalment to enable the villages to meet the immediate needs to combat COVID-19. In this regard, the following advisory is issued to the villagers: 10% of the 1st instalment may be earmarked for “active case search plan”, which will be undertaken by each village task force for COVID-19 in their respective villages.  Guidelines for “active case search plan” will be released shortly; Some amount may be utilised for arrangement of water supply, electricity connection, toilet facilities etc in the council hall or any other location which may be identified as an emergency quarantine center for the village; To utilise sufficient amount for the purchase of essential commodities, food grains, medicines etc for immediate urgent use or for storage in a food bank or granary for unforeseen emergencies. It is advised that a major portion be utilized for this purpose so that it would benefit the citizens of the village; Some amount may be kept aside for meeting necessary expenditures such as transportation charge for lifting PDS rice during this period of crisis (in case the cost is not borne by the Food and Civil Supplies department). DC Mon further notified that the district administration, Mon in collaboration with Hills Area Development Organisation (HADO) under the ageis of Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Bangjum (KBBB) is introducing home delivery of local green vegetables (as per availability) within Mon town, under the banner of “local greens”. All vegetables will be sourced directly from the farmers in the neighboring villages. One may place order at 9862072613/8730814780 (call or WhatsApp) and the available produce will be delivered to the door step (delivery charges apply).

DC Tuensang issues advisory: Deputy commissioner, Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has issued advice to undertake the following measures: District health authority is advised to undertake measures to ensure continuity of specialist services for general patients for critical cases like dialysis and chemotherapy sessions in day care, emergency obstetrics services, emergency medical care and surgical procedures, provided that necessary measures are put in place to prevent intermingling of patients including putting such services in a separate block with separate entry and exit points; If such segregation measure is not feasible, then in addition to the identified private hospitals, nearest public health facilities such as UPHCs may be identified to deliver specialist services, eg: Obs & Gynae, ENT, Dental, Oncology etc; Private hospitals may not have specialist services in certain discipline such as oncology etc. In such situation, the specialist of the District Hospital should extend visiting consultancy services; Such services to be continued till positive COVID-19 cases are admitted or the concerned specialist is put on COVID-19 Hospital duty; There should be an emergency exit plan to move patients out of the District Hospital in case admission of COVID-19 positive case. 

DC Kiphire informs village councils and VDBs: Deputy commissioner (DC) Kiphire, Sarita Yadav has informed all the village councils & VDBs under Kiphire district that the department of Rural Development has decided to release 50% of grant in-aid to VDBs for the year 2019-20 to enable the villages to ensure preparedness against the spread of COVID-19 in their respective jurisdictions. Suitable advisory has been issued for strict compliance by all the village authorities: It shall be incumbent upon the village authorities to ensure that the sanctioned amount be utilized judiciously and solely for the purpose of meeting the immediate needs of the rural population in combating COVID-19; They village authorities shall ensure the establishment of quarantine facilities in a suitable location at their respective area of jurisdiction which is preferably away from crowded or populated area but which is also easily accessible; The village authorities are expected to coordinate with their respective PHCs/village sub health centres to formulate action plan for effective and time bound completion of setting up of the quarantine centre; Quarantine centres once designated must be equipped with basic necessities like masks, hand sanitizers, soaps, separate rooms with beds and pillows, clean bed sheets, towels, most importantly individual quarantine room must also have proper ventilation, portable drinking water, electricity, sanitation and laundry services etc; A detailed action taken report along with photographs, bills and statement of expenditure pertaining to this exercise which is duly approved by the respective administration officers must be submitted to the deputy commissioner office Kiphire for forward submission to the government.

GB Union Dimapur (Sadar) issues guidelines for GBs: GB Union Dimapur (Sadar) has issued the following guidelines for the GBs. A press release from GBUD (Sadar) president M. Y. Ngullie and vice president W. Kholie Kapfo stated that: No GB should charge fees for issuing authorization letter for shopkeepers to procure essential commodities from the market; No authorization letter for procurement of essential commodities should be issued to an individual; GBs should exercise their duties diligently within their own colony vicinity; Only government appointed GBs are allowed to issue authorization with their appointment registration number on the writing pad; GBs should immediately inform the union if any unauthorized person issuing authorization letter apart from colony council authorities; GBs are to work in coordination with the colony council for smooth functioning of the colony affairs; Any GB found violating the guidelines, action shall be initiated against the defaulters.

DDCF appeals to concerned authority: Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) has put forth some points to be taken into consideration by concerned authority. A press release from DDCF media cell has appealed that social distancing should continue post lockdown at least for another month. It also suggested that present system of decentralisation of markets in respective colonies should continue with prices monitored. DDCF stated that in order to avoid mad rush in the market and traffic jams, the CP can adopt Delhi module of odd-even registration number for vehicular movements on alternate days at least for a fortnight post lockdown. DDCF has also lauded the Muslim Council Dimapur (MCD), Marwari community, Bengali Community, Nagaland Bhojpuri Samaj, and the Sikh community for their contributions in different capacities in and around Dimapur by helping the needy during this time of disaster/pandemic. DDCF also acknowledges the steps taken by all the other civil societies and individuals who have come forward and are helping the needy who are most affected by this lockdown. DDCF also appealed the denizens to follow the directives of the government and maintain personal hygiene and social distancing. 

NGF lauds depts for COVID-19 preparedness: Nagaland GB’s Federation (NGBF) has lauded the department of Health and Family Welfare, Police, district administrations, administrative officers and all the people/departments involvement in for their immense contribution in fighting against novel Coronavirus. A press release from NGBF president, L. Shahlem Konyak urged the GBs federation units in all districts and villages to extend full support to the district administration to jointly fight against COVID-19 and also appealed the people to be a law abiding citizens by staying indoor during this lockdown period.

VWS to distribute food items: Vikehie Welfare Society (VWS), Viswema has informed that it would distribute food items to old aged persons, widows and needy people of Viswema village under Kohima district on April 8. A press release from its chairman Eyos Kikhi has requested all elderly person and genuine daily wagers of the village to collect the food items. For more information one may contact at 9436435539.


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