State intensifies preparedness level and preventive measures

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/23/2020 9:11:14 AM IST

With the arrival of stranded persons from Chennai and proceeding to their various quarantine centres, the government along with district administrations and frontline workers have been stepping up its preventive measures with great efficiency. Quarantine centres and health care facilities have been given stringent attention to accommodate the returnees. With many more stranded scheduled to arrive Dimapur, the district administration along with high ranking officials are trying to improve the procedure of receiving the returnees. Meanwhile, legislators continue to visit their respective districts to update on preparedness level and to ensure that frontline workers are doing their best. Officials from agriculture department have also been visiting farmers affected by natural calamities and to extend best possible help during such a situation. Civil organisations are also reminding public to be more careful and appealing to government to ensure that safety of public is kept as top priority. 


Mmhonlumo Kikon attends coordinationmeeting with Block Task Force, Bhandari

Advisor of Information Technology, Science and Technology and New & Renewable Energy, Mmhonlumo Kikon held a coordination meeting with the Block Task Force (BTF), Bhandari, on COVID-19 at the conference hall of the additional deputy commissioner, Bhandari, on May 22.

According to DIPR report, the advisor appreciated the BTF, Bhandari for its commendable state of preparedness and handling of the COVID-19 situation ever since its outbreak, observing that it was now ready with five quarantine centres and was in process of receiving stranded citizens. Stating that he has been in contact with some of the parents of stranded students personally in case there was any need for medical attention to be given, he added, every returnee should be treated equally with care during these distressing times. He also told the BTF committees and its members to streamline a functional system for a smooth running of the quarantine centres. For redressal of needs arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, he asked the BTF to keep the concerned authorities and departments updated on time so that there would be no lapses in handling any kind of situations or eventuality. Advisor also called on the concerned departments, agencies or individuals engaged in distribution of rice or other essential goods to the public to continue to give transparent assistance and support to the government to overcome the present pandemic crisis together.

In the meeting, additional deputy commissioner and chairman BTF, Bhandari on COVID-19, Tiameren Chang apprised on the present status of the quarantine centres and the sub division’s preparedness where Dr. Lawrence, medical officer, CHC Bhandari apprised on the COVID-19 activities of the Medical department. Advisor also provided COVID-19 materials such as PPE, PPE bed sheets, PPE/HIV kits sodium chloride, hand sanitiser and gloves, besides other essentials. Meeting was attended by BTF member departments including 7th NAP, SDPO, Medical, APRO, Lotha Lower Range Public Organization and students’ leaders, Lotha and Eloe Hoho Bhandari and church leaders. 


DPRO staff briefing held in Dimapur
District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) Dimapur, Lolano Patton held a meeting with the DPRO office staff on May 21 at Agri Expo Dimapur. 
According to DIPR report, DPRO Dimapur lauded her staff for continuing to discharge their duties sincerely in the fight against COVID-19. DPRO staff had been assigned duties in various locations of Dimapur, whereby the DPRO cautioned them to take all precautionary measures as they would be working in sensitive areas. 
DPRO also thanked the legislators of Dimapur district with special reference to minister of PHED Jacob Zhimomi, district administration, police, director IPR for their support and encouragement. 
Meanwhile, DPRO Dimapur extended gratitude to proprietor of Dream Dragon Fruit Farm, Lucy Thomas for acknowledging and recognising the efforts put in by DPRO staff and for donating protective gears including plastic face shield and washable cotton mask.  
Zunheboto DISTRICT
Legislator visits PHC facilities
Vikheho Swu, MLA of 13th A/C Pughoboto along with ADC and SDO (civil)  Pughoboto visited Ghathashi PHC and Ighanumi PHC designated quarantine facilities on May 22. 
A press release from CMO office district media officer, Shekho Sophie stated that, Vikheho Swu reviewed COVID-19 preparedness in Ghathashi and Ighanumi PHCs and conducted a meeting with VCCs, GBs, DBs and youth leaders and student body along with health staff. The meeting was chaired by SDO (civil) Pughoboto block.

ESSU visits area quarantine centres and CHCs
Eastern Sumi Students Union (ESSU) in coordination with the medical staff of Aghunato sub-division visited its area quarantine centres and community health centres (CHCs) on May 22. 
A press release from ESSU stated that the team reviewed the cleanliness, security among others etc at quarantine centres and CHCs. 
ESSU stated that the arrangements had been made as per the standard operating protocol.
ESSU expressed satisfaction at the preparedness of the quarantine centres and CHCs by the leaders of all blocks. 
Eastern Sumi Students Union further welcome the stranded Aghunato citizens and assures its full support to the leaders in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Returnees from Chennai reach Kohima
The returnees of Kohima, Longleng, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Wokha, Phek, Kiphire and Zunheboto districts who had arrived from special Shramik train from Chennai to Dimapur reached Kohima IG stadium at 1:49 a.m on May 23. 
According to DIPR report, a total of 399 returnees which included Kiphire 52, Wokha 37, Zunheboto 17, Longleng 8, Phek 45, Mokokchung 17, Kohima 50 and Tuensang 173 were received by jt. secretary Border Affairs and convenor of Reception Centre, Jamithung Lotha; ADC Kohima & co convenor of Reception Centre, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa; CMO Kohima Dr. Vezokholu and her medical team and other district and Police officials at IG Stadium, Kohima.
On their arrival, the returnees were made to wash their hands set up at the entry point followed by thermal screening, data entry and other necessary safety protocols were conducted by the management team, after which they were escorted to Meriema Quarantine Centre, Kohima.
State law & order report 
Home department has issued the report on law & order across the state as on 22.  According to DIPR report, from the state emergency operation centre control room COVID-19 joint secretary Hiazu Meru stated that 1 (one ) person violated the lockdown curfew order process and 6 (six) from various sections fine imposed under MV Act - Rs, 30,450. Further the report stated that 173 vehicles were challaned under various MV Act. Shops for food grains and groceries, medicine milk were opened in all districts except Mokokchung. There was no report of any shortage of food grains, groceries, milk, medicine in the state. Further, the report stated that, there was no restriction on movement of essential service providers like electricity, telecom facilities, medical facilities etc and personnel/workers in manufacturing units and commercial vehicles for distribution of essential commodities and e-commerce. Suitable arrangements have been made for providing food & shelter to migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 restrictions from 2 (two) active relief camps where 57 (fifty seven) migrant labourers were housed and from 2 (two) active food camps more than 240 (two hundred forty) daily wagers/needy workers were provided with food and dry rations.
AMK appeals for testing all stranded returnees for COVID-19
Raising concern over the safety of the public, the Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK) has appealed the department of Health and Family Welfare (DH&FW) that, all incoming returnees are tested at Dimapur and Kohima portals and only COVID negative be sent to the rest of districts so as to limit the spread of COVID if any.
In an appeal letter to principal director DH&FW by AMK president Kevinourheno Seyie and general secretary, Shürhivino Nakhro while appreciating the government authorities and agencies for bringing the stranded back, also expressed serious concern that if necessary measures were not taken to contain the disease, it may spread to various parts of Nagaland in the event that COVID-19 enters the state through the returnees from the red zones.
AMK also stated that, should any untested asymptomatic COVID-19 positive patient be sent to other part of the state resulting in community spread, the subsequent cost of testing and treatment of contacts could become explosively overwhelming and prohibitory in terms of both manpower and financial costs apart from loss of lives.
In this regard, the AMK earnestly appeals the government of Nagaland and especially the DH&FW to take all necessary steps and measures to test all the returnees so as to detect the disease in early and asymptomatic stages.

Mokokchung DISTRICT
Officials from agriculture department visits Mokokchung
Officials from department of Agriculture visited farmers in Mokokchung district on May 22 and 23, during which awareness on preventive measures and agricultural advisories against COVID-19 were taught to the farmers. A press release from district agriculture officer and PD ATMA, Neikhotuonuo stated that, issues and problems faced by the farmers were also deliberated including crop damages caused by natural calamities and insect-pests infestations. Field inspection of affected areas was also carried out by the officials. Around 500 numbers each of face masks and hand soaps were also supplied by the visiting team to be distributed to the farmers. The visit was headed by Letkholal Hangsing, joint director and Dr. James Kuba, deputy director, Kohima along with officials and staff from DAO office, KVK and ATMA, Mokokchung. The district officers were further appraised to remain vigilant and dedicated towards the service of the farmers. 
TDDF emergency meeting to streamline management of COVID-19
With the return of stranded  persons from outside the state, an emergency meeting was held by Tuensang  District Doctors Forum (TDDF) to streamline management of COVID-19 cases between doctors under chief medical officer (CMO) and MSDH Tuensang, on May 22 at  conference  hall  District Hospital Tuensang.   
A press release from TDDF, stated that the house resolved to work together  in combating  COVID-19 cases between doctors under CMO and MSDH Tuensang. 
The house also discussed about exit plan and alternate arrangements if need arises. Meeting was chaired by secretary, TDDF, Dr. Senti Ao and attended by Dr. I. Moatemjen (CMO), Dr. Zathung Lotha (MS), Vertical Programme Officers and Medical officers from various district blocks.
Agriculture department officials visit Tuensang
Department of Agriculture, senior officers team led by joint director Jocab Yanthan and deputy director Burwati Longkumer along with the officials and staff visited Tuensang on May 22. 
A press release from the department informed that, purpose of the visit was to mobilize the extension personnel in motivating the farmers to cultivate all the potential areas under paddy and to extend farm areas into alternate farming systems for doubling income. The team also encouraged the farmers to increase seed replacement rate and grow more high yielding varieties and also to adopt integrated farming systems. Team also apprised and created awareness on the impact of heavy rains, thunder squall and hailstorms leading to field crop damages, reoccurrences of FAW (Fall Army Worm) causing mild to severe infestation in standing crops.
The team toured the district to get a firsthand knowledge by interacting with the district and sub divisional officers, functionaries and farmers with field visitation, to monitor a way forward during COVID-19 lockdown for agricultural issues and measures. The team was accompanied by the district agricultural officers Tuensang, along with Keshai Village Council during the field visitation.
WHG online platform launched for Mon district
The World Help Group (WHG) online platform for Mon district was launched at National Informatics Centre (NIC), video conference room in the office of the deputy commissioner Mon on May 22.
According to DIPR report, Nimith Agarwal, the founder of WHG said the foundation has developed an online platform entirely dedicated to cater to the needs of the individuals and families whose livelihoods were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on essential requirements such as food, rations and basic medicines. The platform has been developed by the WHG foundation in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 
At present, the platform is in India and 15 other countries. This is the first of its kind in Nagaland. Mon district administration has tied up with WHG foundation to ensure that the poor and downtrodden communities get the help and assistance through this development. Civil societies also attended where Molosangla EAC chaired the programme and vote of thanks was pronounced by Vineet Kumar.
Stranded persons reach Meluri
A total of 96 beds have been facilitated at the quarantine centre located in the outskirt of Meluri town. Five government buildings are being utilised as quarantine centre for Meluri sub-division. According to DIPR report, the number of returnees as of May 21 counts to 11, including 9 males and 2 females, out of which 5 returnees are stationed at the head quarter quarantine centre while the other six returnees coming from green zone have been quarantined at their respective village quarantine centre. Various NGOs churches and public have extended helping hands for combating the pandemic. All churches under Meluri head quarter have volunteered to cook for the returnees on rooster system.

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