COVID-19: Trainings, review meetings, preventive measure continue

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/23/2020 10:46:24 AM IST

Various measures, meetings and trainings continue in the state as preparedness to combat spread of COVID-19. Agriculture and Horticulture sectors have been playing their role during this pandemic period by encouraging farmers to take up large scale farming. In order to further prevent possible spread of the virus through saliva, the concerned department for tobacco control has been giving awareness through poster campaigns. Returnees at quarantine centres are also reminded to maintain discipline while in quarantine for their own and others’ safety. Meanwhile, various church bodies continue to extend voluntary service through cooking meals for quarantine inmates and frontline workers. Periodic review meetings are also conducted by district administrations to assess the activities in their respective districts. 

Dimapur district

Dimapur DTF discusses on COVID related issues

 The Dimapur District Task Force (DTF) under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Dimapur Anoop Khinchi held a meeting on June 23 and decided not to allow footpath vendors to sit below the Flyover Bridge and Nyamo Lotha road. 

According to DIPR report, the decision was taken to avoid rush in the footpath and for maintaining social distance in view of the present pandemic. DC Dimapur expressed concern about the normal OPD patients suffering from varied ailments like cancer, heart, surgical cases and felt the need to draw an action plan for addressing the problem. Anoop also informed the members that proposal for CT scan machine has been put up under ONGCs CSR initiative.

Echoing on the same line, MS Dimapur Dr. Kheshito Zhimomi while informing that the lone government hospital at Dimapur has been addressing only COVID-19 cases for the past 3 months, felt an urgent need for addressing the plight of normal patients.

Members decided to bring to the attention of the government to expedite construction of the 100 bedded abandoned hospital at Chümoukedima so that it can be used as Dimapur COVID hospital and later can be used as Infectious Diseases Hospital as was done in other cities.

Director CISHR, Dr. Sedevi emphasised on the need and importance of mass awareness campaign stating that with reliable information people would definitely co-operate with the administration. 

He observed that presently, COVID situation was decreasing as all returnees has come back. However, Dr. Sedevi felt that all the tribes, NGOs, churches, the different Samaj and every part of the society has to be involved for creating mass campaign in educating the people in order to contain community transmission. “This is one area where we really need to step up,” he opined. Anoop also agreed that information must reach all the households and said that all NGOs would be trained to educate the people on the rules to be followed to keep away from Coronavirus.

It was also decided that border areas would continue to remain sealed, however students, government employees with ID cards and serious medical cases would be placed under the category in Borlengri gate. 

Deputy CMO Dimapur Dr. Antoly Suu also advised for strict monitoring of the border areas in order to avoid community transmission. Anoop Kinchi encouraged all to coordinate and to keep going with a delicate balance according to the changing times.

Wokha district

DPDB Wokha approves LADP scheme 2020-21

The monthly district planning and development board (DPDB) meeting was held on June 23 at deputy commissioner conference hall Wokha, attended by chairman DPDB, Wokha and advisor of Horticulture & Border Affairs, Mhathung Yanthan and Dr. Chumben Murry, MLA. According to DIPR report, vice-chairman & DC Wokha, Orenthung Lotha who chaired the meeting welcomed the new board members assistant development commissioner (Planning) Nchubemo Kikon and excise inspector Phira. During the meeting the Board recommended for approval to the state government on LADP schemes and common pool 2020-21 of Wokha district. DC while giving brief report on the COVID-19 related activities in the district said, s the district has received 446 returnees, out of which 226 returnees were released for home quarantine while 179 were under institutional quarantine. He also informed that so far, the district has tested 188 returnees and all tested negative. MhathungYanthan stated that the government was taking very seriously and hold threadbare discussions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in the state. He urged the District Task Force to apprise any difficulties faced by them so that the matter could be taken up to the higher authority for necessary action. Dr. Chumben Murry also suggested for conversion of Trauma Care Centre which is attached to Wokha District Hospital into quarantine centre. After thorough discussion the board agreed to convert the centre into quarantine center as most of the schools and institutions used as quarantine centres have to be handed over for the expected resumption of normal classes. The board also discussed dismal performance of government schools in the district of the recently declared HLSC result, however due to absence of concerned department heads, retired recently the matter would be taken up in the next board meeting for thorough introspection. 
Longleng district
C19K Longleng 35 days of service
Women department of Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA), Longleng under the District Task Force Longleng has been managing the COVID-19 community kitchen voluntarily inside the mission compound (Phom Lempong) by converting the PBCA kitchen to official COVID-19 Kitchen (C19K). According to DIPR report, they have been catering to hundreds of people daily including returnees and frontline workers since May 18 and completed 35 days of selfless service to the people. Since day one they have been working tirelessly to provide seamless supply of well-cooked organic food and varieties of other delicacies from time to time. The kitchen management committee comprise of all the lady staff and wives of the PBCA staff headed by P. Angbhen Phom, woman secretary PBCA and Chingong, literature secretary.
Tialemba executive secretary PBCA informed that initially people were scared of COVID-19 and reluctant to cater service to the inmates in the quarantine centre. He said when the deputy commissioner & chairmen District Task Force approached the association to volunteer and manage the COVID-19 Kitchen, the PBCA took the task knowing the risk. He further mentioned that everything in the district was running smoothly because of the consolidated effort of the government officers and frontline workers with NGOs and churches under the district administration. Sharing her experience the kitchen management leader, Angbhen said that the team felt privileged and grateful to volunteer their service to the community during such crisis. 
Angbhen asserted that COVID-19 has pulled everyone together with one responsibility to contain and defeat the virus but there was no end to this fight. Giving a strong message to the people she said strength to fight this virus lies in unity, compassion, faith, prayer and discipline of people. Longleng Town Students union (LTSU) under Phom Students conference (PSC) is shouldering the responsibility of delivering food items to the quarantine centres and working hand in hand with the C19K management committee as delivery team from day one. 
PBCA team led by the executive secretary has also visited the remote villagers of Assam Nagaland border and organized prayer programmes in the quarantine centres from time to time. 

Kohima district
DTCC conducts poster campaign on tobacco
Poster campaign on national tobacco control was conducted at Kohima to create awareness to the public not to spit in public places to fight against the spread of COVID-19 on June 23. According to DIPR report, Dr. Arenla Walling, district nodal officer of District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC), said spitting release saliva in the air and on the ground that increases the risk of spread of COVID-19, stating that it was the right time to quit chewing tobacco products for a safer and better health. She also stated that chewing of tobacco such as paan and betel nut could become a source of infection if handled by suspected vendors. Sharing tobacco products such as cigarettes and pipes can transmit the virus between people. Dr. Arenla also said that smokers have greater chance of transmission of virus from hand to mouth due to frequent lip touching. Adding that anyone exposed to second-hand smoke may be similarly vulnerable to COVlD-19 as tobacco users.
Dr. Arenla said that District Tobacco Control Cell is also putting up posters in most of the quarantine centres in Kohima and also distributing posters in others villages at Kohima district to create awareness of tobacco control further encouraged to be responsible citizens to fight against COVID-19. The awareness programme was organised by the District Tobacco Control Cell Kohima,under the National Health Mission department of Health and Family Welfare.
Food grains for migrant workers issued at Tseminyu
 Department of Food and Civil Supply distributed food grains under Atma Nirbhar Bharat (ANB) scheme, for the month of May and June to migrants workers at Tseminyu town on June 23. According to DIPR report, inspector (F & CS) Sashila Pongon informed that there were more than two hundred migrant workers found in Tseminyu town, which included migrant workers from both outside the state and also from other districts of home state, Nagaland. Accordingly, food grains were distributed at its godown, Tseminyu to the beneficiaries after having shown their identity cards, such as aadhaar, driving license and other valid cards to concerned department.

Tuensang district
TDTF holds review meeting
Tuensang District Task Force (TDTF) for COVID-19 held a meeting at DC conference hall Tuensang on June 23. According to DIPR report, members at the meeting discussed reduction of quarantine centres (QCs) as per intake and numbers of inmates in the facilities by July and August. This was a prospective exercise to vacate the academic infrastructures being used as QCs in the district.  Dr. Moa Jamir, CMO Tuensang updated the members on Truenat machine of Tuensang and its functions. As of Monday evening, total number of 579 samples have been tested out of which 433 results are being received and 146 results awaits. 
Meanwhile, Dr. John highlighted that total of 385 inmates were at QCs in Tuensang where 60 of them in JNV Chare, 40 in Abigail Hostel Longkhim,108 in Sao Chang College and 113 in ITI QC and the remaining in CBLT office and Sedem polytechnic. Earlier, the meeting was chaired by Kumar Ramnikant, DC and chairman DTF Tuensang. 

Peren district
Health & Family Welfare officials visit Jalukie
Director to Health & Family Welfare department, Dr. Nungshimeren & additional director Dr. Vikato visited Jalukie on June 22 to oversee the preparedness of Peren District COVID-19 Task Force.
According to DIPR report, the visiting team held a meeting at customary court, ADC office Jalukie with various civil organisations, medical fraternity, police personnel and JAC, under the chairmanship of ADC Jalukie, Dr. Tinojongshi Chang.
Addressing the gathering additional director, Dr. Vikato acknowledged the consolidated effort and the tireless service rendered by Peren District Task Force, Medical fraternity and other frontline workers for catering best service to Peren district. He said that if returnees failed to maintain self-discipline in their respective quarantine centres, COVID-19 positive cases would increase. Dr. Vikato also suggested the district authority to inform the returnees to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in quarantine centres.
Dr. Nungshimeren also said that testing COVID-19 positive was a big challenge for society as whole and every district should be strong enough to tackle such crisis and try to cater best service to contain COVID in quarantine centres. He added that in the time of crisis all the Nagas should come forward and cooperate with the Medical department. He also requested the administration and Police personnel to focus on quarantine centres and monitor strictly the do’s & dont’s of returnees to avoid any unprecedented incidents in the centre. He also spoke on the rational use of PPEs and advised the MS, Dy. CMO and SMO to train the nurses and paramedic to help the technician and doctor in collecting the samples of returnees so as to reduce the workload.
Earlier, Dy. CMO, Dr. Supongmenla also gave a brief report and said that around 380 Chennai returnees were received and out of 200 results 73 were tested positive. She also said that the department has targeted JNV to be COVID Care Centre since CHC Jalukie has a capacity of 20 beds only, out of which 10 beds for males and 10 beds for females.
DC Peren constitutes district legal team
In view of the pandemic and taking into account the large number of individuals entering the district from all parts of the country, the district established several quarantine facilities to accommodate returnees as per Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) issued by the government from time to time. According to DIPR report, DC Peren stated that violations of government orders by returnees were reported at some quarantine facilities. DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier constituted district legal team (DLT) with members; EAC Ngwalwa, Rumbemo T. Kithan as convener, SDPO Peren Vikato Thonger and APP Peren, Zheviholi Swu. Meanwhile, the members are to identify all legal provisions with regard to violations of government orders by the inmates of quarantine centres, identify all legal provisions with regard to non-compliance of government orders by government employees, establish a standard operating procedure for imposition of specific legal provisions on individuals violating government orders, any legal matters related to COVID-19 matters assigned to the team by the undersigned.
Further, DLT has convened a meeting to discuss on mentioned points on June 26, 1 p.m at DC office, New Hq.
Mokokchung district
MTLT & DAYO provide life-saving drugs
Understanding the need of the different patients, elderly and the needy, the Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem (MTLT) in collaboration with Dimapur Ao Youth Organisation (DAYO) and Esa Telongjem, Chümoukedima has been freely providing courier service of essential life-saving drugs to the patients at Mokokchung town, Tuli and Changtongya towns.
A press release from MTLT media cell stated that, the free courier service was necessitated as patients who were suffering from different illnesses had requested the youths to reach out especially in the present nationwide lockdown. This is the second time that the MTLT, DAYO and Esa Telongjem are reaching out to the patients with the essential medicines, undertaken as a part of COVID-19 pandemic mitigation programme. Dimapur Ao Youth Organisation and Esa Telongjem from Dimpaur were led by DAYO general secretary S. Panger and Esa Telongjem, Chümoukedima representatives Er. Moamanen Imchen and assistant professor Supongtemsu.  


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