COVID-19 in NE: no confirmed cases, vigil in place

NORTHEAST, MAR 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/14/2020 12:06:17 PM IST

While COVID-19 cases are on the rise around the country (82 positive cases and two deaths), none have been reported from Northeast India so far, reports The Indian Express . However, the states, which share international borders with China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, are following precautionary measures as per government guidelines to prevent an outbreak: most borders have been sealed and vigil is up.

ASSAM: Morning assemblies in school cancelled, 599 people contact traced

When a 76-year-old tourist, who had travelled through Assam, was tested positive in Bhutan last week, the state embarked on contact-tracing, or tracking all those who had come into contact with the tourist during his week-long visit. 

“We traced 599 people, who have all been quarantined. Out of 599, eight people showed symptoms of fever. We tested them twice, and fortunately all eight resulted negative,” said Minister of state for health, Pijush Hazarika.

On Friday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal decided not to take part in any public programme till March 31.

There are two places where one can get tested for COVID-19 in Assam: Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati and Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh.

Helpline: 0361-6913347770

TRIPURA: All right Land Custom Stations (LCS) and two Border Haats with Bangladesh shut

West Tripura Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Debashish Debashish Das said isolation and quarantine facilities were set up at state-run Gobinda Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital and Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospitals to treat any patient, if infected. An isolation ward was also set up at Tripura Medical College and Dr. BR Ambedkar Teaching Hospital, which is run in Public-Private Partnership.

Meanwhile, the state has shut down all eight Land Custom Stations (LCS) and two Border Haats with Bangladesh to prevent possible spread of the disease across the border

Helpline: 0381-2315879 

MANIPUR: Educational institutes shut till March 31

In Manipur, one patient was admitted to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) isolation ward as a precaution but later discharged when results were negative.

The Manipur state government ordered the suspension of all classes in educational institutes of higher education including universities to avoid and reduce mass gatherings. The institutes will remain closed till March 31. A similar order was also issued by the education department for the closure of all schools( including private) recently.

The authorities have also prohibited gathering of 100 or more people particularly during the “thabal chongba” or the traditional Manipuri dance performed across the state during Yaoshang festival in the month of lamta (February-March).

The State Government has set up isolation wards at RIMS consisting of eight beds with four ventilators and an isolation ward with six beds and one ventilator is ready for treatment at JNIMS hospital.

Helpline: 0385-3852411668

MEGHALAYA: Isolation wards set up, 74 in home isolation

The one COVID-19 test done in Meghalaya turned out to be negative. According to the state government, 74 people who have travel history to ten countries are being kept under home isolation for 28 days. “We are also doing follow ups — making regular calls, tracking their symptoms etc. We have completed 57 follow ups,” said Dr M Marbaniang, Joint Director of Health Services (MCH & FW)-cum-Nodal Officer.

Isolation wards have been set up, training has been carried out in both state and district levels. “We are issuing advisories through local press — newspapers and television,” Dr Marbaniang added.

Helpline: 9366090748

MIZORAM: 40,000 screened, all border check-posts closed except six

Mizoram has screened nearly 40,000 people during its coronavirus check-up since January 15. As part of precautionary measures and central government travel advisory, the state government has suspended all fresh arrivals of foreign nationals through its airport, border check points with Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Nunmawia Chuaungo told that all border check-posts in the state were closed except six approved points, four of which are with other Indian states like Manipur, Tripura and Assam. Assam shares two border points with Mizoram at Bhaibai and Vairengte, Khawkan with Manipur and at Kahnmun with Tripura’s North district.

The other two border points of the state are with Bangladesh at Kawarpuchiah and with Myanmar at Zokhawthar for emergencies; medical teams are deployed to screen people there. Mizoram shares 510-km-long international border with Myanmar and 318-km borderline with Bangladesh.

Helplines: 102 (toll-free), 0389-2323336, 0389-2322336 and 0389-2318336.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH: All PAPs issued to foreigners cancelled, Rapid Response Teams (RRT) set up

The state government has set up Rapid Response Teams (RRT) at state and district level to act as first responders in case any patient is detected positive. Awareness is being generated via radio talks, sensitization initiatives by district disease surveillance authorities, regular central monitoring of health situation etc.

Meanwhile, isolation wards were set up at Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) and Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH) at Pasighat. Besides, quarantine facilities were identified in five districts to maintain cluster containment strategy of possible suspect cases.

The state identified 12 persons who travelled to COVID-19 affected countries and were kept under preventive observation and quarantined for 14 days.

The state government has cancelled all protected Area Permits (PAP), which are mandatory for foreigners from visiting the state. For Indians from other states, Inner Line Permit (ILP) is mandatory here.

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