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State to recruit more health personnel; ramp up testing

Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, JUN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/7/2020 1:17:45 PM IST

As more stranded returnees are expected to arrive back, Nagaland braces itself to manage the entire process of screening, quarantining, testing and treating with a health system already almost under immense pressure.

On Monday, around 1000 returnees are expected to arrive Dimapur from Gujarat and Maharashtra. District Police has already issued total closure of shops and restriction on vehicular movement on Monday from 9 a.m. to 12-midnight as a safety measure.

So far, according to official sources around 8000 returnees have already arrived and a majority or over 2800 are in various quarantine centres across Dimapur district.

In a desperate effort to complement the overstressed health system, the state government has decided to urgently appoint more doctors and nurses. In this regard, the departments of finance and personal and administrative reforms(P&AR) have been directed to ensure smooth implementation of the decision. This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the High Powered Committee spokesperson for COVID-19 related activities in the state and minister for planning & coordination, Neiba Kronu Sunday. Kronu said this was decided by the cabinet at the June 4 meeting and also directed all district chief medical officers (CMOs) to deliberate on the issue in order to address them at the earliest.

Also speaking to media, adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon, who is also one of the HPC spokesperson, informed that the state government has made an assessment (shortage) of all the districts and accordingly address the issue.

Responding to a query, Health department deputy director Dr. Kikameren Longkumer informed that there were currently 5 22 doctors deputed in various parts of the state.

He went on to state that in the 11 district hospitals, the non-specialist strength was only 63 or 52% of Indian Public Health Standard- IPHS norms and 51 specialists or only 23% of IPHS norms. He also said presently nursing strength was only 28% of IPHS norms, which would have to be increased to 75% of IPHS norms.

800 samples testing per day soon: The state government has also decided to ramp up testing for COVID-19 by installing TrueNat testing machines in all districts.

Mmhonlumo Kikon Sunday informed that the state has received seven TrueNat machines and 15 more were expected to arrive with few days.

Once all the TrueNat machines were installed in all districts, he said the total testing capacity, including BSL-3 in Kohima, will increase from 171 (current position) to 800 per day. This will greatly ease and speed up the COVID-19 suspected sample testing process. 

To queries on whether any action was initiated against erring officials on Peren incident, Kikon said the “government has entrusted the Health department to look into it”.

 

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