CAPPA under Meluri demands TrueNat machine to state govt

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/24/2020 10:18:05 AM IST

Confederation of Apoksah, Phoyisha and Phokhungri Area (CAPPA) under Meluri sub-division has urged the state government to install TrueNat machine at Meluri sub-division at the earliest. 

In a joint letter addressed to Nagaland chief secretary, CAPPA expressed displeasure that despite representations and petitions by various civil societies, the government was yet to initiate any step for installation of TrueNat machine at Meluri sub-division under Phek district.

The signatories – CAPPA president, Z Junte, Apoksah Range Public Organisation (ARPO), president, Chunta Tsang Phoyisha Public Organisation (PPO) president, R Thuchu and Phokhungri Area Public Organisation (PAPO) president, Krutu Thurr – pointed out that around 120 returnees have reached the sub division out of which three positive cases were detected.

However, with no testing facilities, CAPPA said the front line workers and the public are “undergoing untold hardships in tackling the pandemic”.

CAPPA said there were “high risk of community transmission” unless contact tracing was carried out and testing of suspected individuals done immediately to contain further spread. 

CAPPA claimed that the government official vehicles are not allotted to the medical officials due to which they are unable to discharge normal duties. It said the sub division also lacks “readily available transportation means like ambulance”.

At such circumstances, CAPPA said acquiring samples, sending it to Phek and retrieving results has become a “herculean task and takes dangerously long time”. 

In some cases, CAPPA claimed that some positive results were known only after completion of quarantine period and the patients had been sent home. Therefore, CAPPA has urged for immediate installation of TrueNat machine so as to avoid community transmission.


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