State government initiate measures to prevent spread of COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 9:38:47 AM IST

As national lockdown 2.0 entered day-four, the state government continued to initiate several measures for protection of its citizens against COVID-19 pandemic. Legislators, government officials and other frontline workers are cohesively carrying out their duties in the respective districts. Many continue to reach out towards the poor people who are the hardest hit during this lockdown. In addition, orders and appeals are being given as reminder to public towards maintaining the guidelines issued for their safety.

Wokha district

Y. Patton inspects and distributes relief: Deputy chief minister Y. Patton, in-charge of Wokha district COVID-19, inspected PHC Chukitong and JNV School Chukitong quarantine ward as part of his mission to oversee the preparedness level for COVID-19, under Wokha district on April 17.  

A press release from DCMO media cell stated that, Patton interacted with Dr. Aben Murry MO and staff of PHC Chukitong and took firsthand report and feedbacks. Patton expressed satisfaction with the frontline workers, especially of the district administration, Police, Medical departments and those engaged in relief works. He also appreciated all the officers of various departments, NGOs and individuals concerned and encouraged them to work hand in hand to overcome these difficult times. Patton also visited JNV School Chukitong quarantine ward and interacted with the principal JNV Chukitong, Pankaj O Deshmukh, and for providing a 24 bedded quarantine ward in his school for COVID- 19 emergencies. 

Patton also distributed 1st phase of essential commodities and food grains to 37 A/C. The distribution was done in the presence of DC Wokha Orenthung Lotha, SP Imtitoshi, Dr. Wothungo Tungoe CMO, Yanthungo Kikon president BJP Wokha, district party officials and 37th A/C party officials. This was initiated to reach out to the down trodden and marginalized people, irrespective of whether they were his supporters or not.  The first phase wise mission relief covered Niroyo, Yanthamo, Seluku, Nungying, Koio and Tsungiki villages. 

Mhathung Yanthan visits Lakhuti and Sungro PHCs: Advisor of Horticulture and Border Affairs, MhathungYanthan visited Lakhuti and Sungro PHCs in Wokha to monitor COVID-19 preparedness on April 16.  Mhathung interacted with medical officers and nurses at the health units, wherein he said that health workers should educate the villagers on the disease and make them aware of hand washing and social distancing. Chief medical officer (CMO) Wokha, Dr. C. W. Tungoe informed health workers that the referral transport of COVID-19 patients from one district to another was not allowed once admitted in hospital.  Advisor also donated mask, sanitizer and IEC materials in Lotha dialect to the health units. CMO Wokha lauded the administration and Police for supporting the medical staff and sought for more co-ordination to create awareness. 

ADC Wokha designates sale of agri produce: ADC & administrator Wokha Town Council, Wokha, K. Mhathung Tsanglao, has informed that to avoid over-crowding in the market area and to enable the villages to sell local vegetables and agricultural produce within the jurisdiction of Wokha Town Council, the following location against which villages have been indicated are permitted to sell their produces at the designated location: NST area, both side of the NH-Wokha/New Wokha village, Humtso and Elumyo village; Public ground Nyiro & Chukitong range; WTC market complex and PWD Longsa village; Forest-GHSS road junction-Longsa village and Hospital-Jail road junction-Pongitong, Tsungza, Khumtsu, Merayan, Totsu and L. Yanthung villages. Public have been informed to make purchase at the nearest designated vegetable market. The public are also directed to strictly maintain social distancing while shopping. Market will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m to 10 a.m till the lockdown period is complete.

Changpang VLOs distribute essential commodities: Changpang VLOs (social action committee) under Changpang block, Wokha district has distributed essential commodities to 50 households of the under-privileged and vulnerable section whose lives are affected due to lockdown. This was stated in a press release from NSRLM Changpang block area coordinator Benthungo Odyuo.

Kiphire district

Kiphire DTF meeting held: Kiphire District Task force (DTF) for COVID-19 held a meeting on April 16, at the DPDB hall, under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner & chairperson (DTF) Kiphire Sarita Yadav. According to DIPR report, CMO Kiphire reported that so far, 690 persons have been screened where 288 were home quarantined, out of which, 158 persons have finished home quarantine. He said that one portable ventilator has been installed at COVID Hospital and 38 beds have been prepared, and can accommodate upto 50. 1750 FFpi mask including other essential equipment have been received so far. Four quarantine wards have been prepared ie DUDA Girls Hostel equipped with 13 beds, 18 beds prepared for medical staff at IRB Camp, ZPC Boys Hostel preparation about to complete in a day or two and Hopongkiu Memorial Hall has also been identified for quarantine. Police department reported that so far, law and order situation in the district was peaceful. As per ADS, the food grains are being supplied to the public smoothly. Around 706 bags is said to be available in stock at present, and around six truckloads to arrive shortly. DC Sarita Yadav said that agricultural activities are going on in a proper manner. The police department has been directed to restrict incoming of people from outside the district. DC and DTF members also attended the video conference at NIC chamber.

Mon district

DC Mon issues order: Deputy commissioner, Mon Thavaseelan K issued an order in view of the active case detected in Dimapur. According to DIPR report, in this regard all such persons who have arrived in Mon district on or after March 24 from Dimapur or other parts of the state and have visited the sealed areas during their stay at Dimapur are directed to inform the Mon District Control Room at 9862014033/9862078993/7005687775 about such visit. This will enable the COVID-19 District Task Force (DTF), Mon to take suitable preventive measures. Likewise, all such persons who have arrived in Mon district on or after March 22 from Shillong, Meghalaya are directed to inform the Mon District Control Room at the given numbers.  Failure to comply with the advisory will attract legal action as per the provisions of law.

Mokokchung district

Legislator reaches out to his constituency people: Imkong L Imchen, MLA of 28th Koridang A/C has reached out to the needy people of his constituency by providing rice and sanitiser. The MLA had procured the rice from department of Food and Civil Supplies with the aid of advisor Pukhayi Sumi. Minister and president BJP Temjen Imna Along provided 50 litres of hand sanitiser to the MLA. Imkong stated that he will continue to support the constituency people through humble means.

Relief handed over to PwDs in Mokokchung: Mokokchung district administration has given rice relief to Person with Disabilities (PwDs) through Mokokchung District Disable Forum (MDDF) on April 16. A press release from Care and Support Society Mokokchung stated that, due to COVID19 rules the team members of MDDF could not enter the area. In this regard, the team handed over the rice relief to council members to distribute in their respective community.

Dimapur district
Jacob reviews COVID-19 preparedness level in Dimapur district: To review the preparedness for COVID-19 in Dimapur district, a meeting under the chairmanship of minister of PHED, Jacob Zhimomi was convened in the conference hall of DC Dimapur on April 17. 
According to DIPR report, the meeting deliberated on: DC Dimapur to deploy administrative officers for streamlining distribution of essential commodities. To issue directives to the village council chairmen/GBs to ensure that essential commodities distributed under DDMA reaches the neediest persons i.e daily wage earners, stranded labourers and migrants; House discussed for providing Helpline by the district administration to the quarantined areas of Marwari Patti Murgi Patti and GS Road and accordingly the district administration provided the Helpline No-9609618473. Meeting also decided to make arrangements for home delivery of medicine and to make fresh healthy food accessible in the quarantined areas by deploying Red Cross volunteers; Village Council chairmen/GBs were directed not to obstruct movement of administration, Medical, Police, Press and people rendering essential services under any circumstances; Meeting also decided to make arrangements for home delivery of sanitised LPG cylinders and officials transporting and distributing cylinders to mandatorily wear masks; DC Dimapur to issue public advisory for maintaining calm and to stay at home and also for public to mandatorily wear masks while leaving home to procure essential commodities. The public are also directed to practice social distancing for fighting the pandemic; It was decided that the CMO is to prepare the menu to be served in the quarantine centers to ensure that people under quarantine gets balanced diet; Western Sumi Hoho and Naga Council Dimapur, Food and Civil Supplies Dimapur are to work in coordination with Dimapur District Task Force.
The meeting was attended by advisor Power, Tovihoto, advisor, Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs, Zhaleo Rio, Azheto MLA, DC Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi, Commissioner Police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo, CMO and MS Dimapur and assistant director, Food and Civil Supplies.
PA system announcement intensified in Dimapur: District administration Dimapur has intensified announcement through public address system on April 17. According to DIPR report, this was necessitated to disseminate important notifications/orders issued by the district administration and Police and also to continue creating awareness about COVID-19 to the general public. Announcement is being carried throughout the length and breadth of Dimapur district through DPRO Dimapur.
2 Dimapur II humanitarian relief: Moatoshi Longkumer, MLA distributed 15,000 kgs of rice to 3000 families in 2 Dimapur II A/C on April 17. According to DIPR report, besides his personal contribution, the administration (DC office) contributed an additional 25 quintals which will be distributed to orphanages and other charitable institutions. Moatoshi said the list of beneficiaries was collected in consultation with the respective councils and residents of various localities and priority was given to the families without a ration card and families with marginal income. 
CCC Dimapur distributes rice to downtrodden families: Chatteswary Colony Council (CCC) Dimapur distributed rice to down trodden families of Chatteswary Colony, Dimapur on April 17. A press release from CCC chairman Heshito Sema stated that, the continuous lockdown has affected many families in the colony. It added that advisor of Power, Tovihoto Ayemi had provided 8 bags of rice to the council which was distributed. 
Committee to inspect quarantine centres in Dimapur: Committee for arrangement of quarantine centre for COVID-19 has started inspecting all the hotels requisitioned for quarantine centre in Dimapur district from April 17. According to DIPR report, as the Committee would continue inspection, the concern hotels requisitioned for quarantine centers are directed to be present at their respective hotels along with all the management team.
DBPF appeal to public: Dimapur Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (DBPF) has pointed out the need to encourage every believer to display more Christ-like nature during this challenging time. A press release from DBPF, while stressing on the adherence of various medical advice and social distancing also reminded everyone to cautiously continue to “love your neighbors” as Jesus Christ taught. Stressing on the plight of frontline workers, like Medical professionals, Police, administration, etc, the DBPF reminded everyone to be grateful to them because they were protecting the populace against COVID-19 pandemic. DBPF also stated that, instead of misunderstanding and stigmatizing the frontline workers, whoever was in quarantine or any positive patient, one must learn to be considerate with each other.
Zunheboto district
CMO Zunbeboto holds special training for contact tracing: CMO office held a special training for contact tracing team, NCC and NSS to assist the duty personnel for tackling COVID-19 pandemic on April 16 in Zunheboto. A press release from COVID-India media reporter, Bombo K Yeptho stated that, training session equipped the participants about following various norms in regard to prevent the spread of COVID-19. NCC and NSS cadets also expressed their views towards helping and assisting the duty personnel to tackle the deadly virus. They will further be divided into groups and be given details for their duty. Zunheboto town on Thursday and Friday saw a total lockdown with restrictions on human and vehicle movement other than emergency, official and duty personnel. As ordered by the deputy commissioner Zunheboto the days to buy essential goods and other necessities are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and other days will be total lockdown. 

Zunheboto district administration installs water tank: EACs under Zunheboto district administration installed water tank in public places of Zunheboto town on April 17, for people to wash off their hands while on work around the area. A press release from COVID-India media reporter, Bombo K Yeptho stated that, this was to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness in the town to fight against COVID-19.
Tuensang district
Tuensang DTF meeting for monitoring and management: Tuensang District Task Force (DTF) held a meeting for monitoring and management of the issues related to COVID-19 on April 16 at DC’s conference hall under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant. According to DIPR report, DC highlighted on the need to transport the suspected COVID-19 samples for testing without delay and in this regard epidemiologist Dr. John was asked to tie up with agencies concerned at Mokokchung so that the samples from Tuensang are maintained and no delays happen in Mokokchung. He also stated that the district has vaccine carriers which can transport only 30 test samples and additional thermocol carriers will be needed to transport more samples. He also spelled the need for more Viral Transport Mediums (VTM). President CKS, Nungsanglemba Chang highlighted the need to have a testing lab in Tuensang to meet the needs of Eastern Nagaland region. DC requested the NGOs to bring their concerns to the notice of the government and directed the medical team to be on duty at Sao Chang College quarantine centre from breakfast till dinner time. He also asked the CMO to write to the directorate of Health and Family Welfare to make provisions to train medical personnel of Tuensang district on use of cpap and ventilators. DC also apprised on the need for a portable x-ray machine at Longpang Health Centre and asked the members to identify ways and means to acquire the same through monthly installment. In the event of detection of COVID-19 positive case in the district, home delivery of essentials may be the only available option of maintaining supply of essentials, DC stated.
Kohima district
Kohima COVID-19 Task Force inspection updates:  Kohima COVID-19 Task Force led by minister in-charge Tongpang Ozukum, and advisor in-charge Dr Nicky Kire, visited various primary health centres in Kohima district to inspect the undergoing works related to the community preparedness and response plan for COVID-19. A press release from press secretary Imliyanger Aier to minister of Housing & Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum stated that, the team visited PHC Kimipfuphe, PHC Jakhama and CHC Viswema on April 15, where works for a 40 bedded quarantine centre is currently undergoing at Viswema CHC. It may be mentioned that the quarantine centre is being undertaken from the 50% grant-in-aid given to all VDBs. Tongpang Ozukum directed all the VDBs to utilize the money released by the state government only for COVID-19 related works. The team also visited Urban Primary Health Centre, Seikhazou and finally concluded the inspection tour with a periodical review meeting of Kohima District Task Force.


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