COVID-19: Vaccination drives, random tests

DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 5/17/2021 1:44:26 PM IST

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, respective district medical teams assisted by the district task forces have been conducting random Covid tests in order to stop further community spread. Various beneficiaries of 18 to 44 years have also been availing vaccines across the state. 

Kohima: Kohima DTF on COVID-19 has been carrying out random sampling till date at various locations in order to ascertain the prevalence of COVID-19 among high risk and highly mobile population within Kohima.

According to DIPR report, random sampling was conducted on Monday at new market and Bayavü colony, Kohima. The medical team led by CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo, district administration, police, APO, AYO and ASU carried out the random sampling drive.

As on Monday, the cumulative results of the samples collected so far from the category of taxi drivers, shopkeepers, labourers and home delivery personnel as per colony wise: At Lerie colony, a total of 35 samples were collected where 20 were detected as positive; PWD colony out of 30 samples, 20 detected positive; Paramedical (Merhülitsa) 22 samples collected 13 positive; new ministers’ hill 28 collected 15 positive; AG 20 collected one positive; Peraciezie 59 collected 42 positive; PR hill 31 collected 18 positive; Jail colony 57 collected 38 positive; Keziekie 38 collected 12 positive; Naga Bazaar 62 collected 33 positive; Daklane 21 collected 18 positive; Kitsubozou 56 collected 30 positive; D Block 53 collected 14 positive and Hospital colony 41 collected 27 positive. 

Dimapur: Of the 161 samples collected randomly for COVID-19 test in Dimapur district on Monday, 13 turned out to be positive.

Samples were collected randomly in Dimapur town and in Chümoukedima areas.

According to district vector borne officer (DVBO) Dr Kavito, random testing was conducted at New Market, Kalibari and Marwaripatti areas in the town. 

Altogether, 36 samples were collected at New Market, 14 Kalibari and 23 Marwaripatti. However, out of 73 samples collected, no positive case was detected.

Similarly, the random test was carried out at Naharbari, Darogapathar, Chekiye and Thelixu in Chümoukedima area and a total of 88 samples were collected, from which 13 were found to be positive.

While no positive case was found from the 25 samples collected from Naharbari, four out of the 10 samples collected from Darogapathar were found to be positive.

On the other hand, six out of the 25 samples from Chekiye and three out of 20 samples from Thilixu tested positive. (Staff Reporter)

Mon: Random sample tests were also carried out at two camps of a road construction team at Wakching in Mon on Monday. Out of the 194 samples collected, 55 were tested positive for COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, vaccination for 18-44 years was held on Monday with 200 vaccine dose slots. Out of 200 full registered, 191 turned up for vaccination. It was informed that 200 vaccine slot registrations for Tuesday were full.

Minister for transport and civil aviation, railways and land resources, Nagaland, P. Paiwang Konyak also took the Covidshield vaccine at PHC Tizit.

Paiwang donated a sum of Rs 50,000 each to PHC Tizit and ADC Tizit and 1 lakh each to Konyak Union Tizit Unit and Tizit Area Students’ Union.

He highlighted that a sum of Rs 50 lakh was reserved by legislators from the LADP common pool to be utilised for COVID-19 expenditure and another 5 lakh each to be kept with each legislator for emergency purpose.

Kiphire: Random sample testing was conducted under the supervision of DTF at various locations in Kiphire town on May 16. 

Five positive cases were detected out of 86 sample tests, bringing up the total number of positive cases to 33.

Wokha: CMO Wokha, Dr. C.W Tungoe launched the COVID-19 vaccination for 18 years to 44 years at Wokha district at urban primary health centre, orchid colony Wokha town, on May 16.

A press release from CMO’s office Wokha stated that during the launching programme, Dr. C.W. Tungoe informed the 18 to 44 year beneficiaries to avail the free vaccine on Tuesday and Thursday at the session site and book their slots beforehand through the CoWIN app or Aarogya Setu app.

The CMO also reminded beneficiaries to follow Covid appropriate behaviour even after vaccination as full immunity developed only after the second dose.

He monitored the vaccination process at the session site and encouraged health workers to be efficient while performing their duties.

It may be mentioned that the vaccination was also conducted at district hospital for 18 to 44 years. Altogether, 400 beneficiaries took the vaccine on the first day at two session sites and vaccination slots for the next day were also fully booked.

Tuensang: In Tuensang district, the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination began for the 18 to 44 age group at district hospital Tuensang on Monday.

In a press release, DMO Tuensang Apheang informed that more than 180 beneficiaries received the first dose of the vaccine on Monday.

Organisations express concern
WCH: Amid the surge in Covid cases in the state, Western Chakhesang Hoho (WCH) has expressed concern over the increasing death rates, saying it “can lead us to real trouble if serious thoughts are not given on burial issues.” 
In a statement, WCH president Dietho Rhakho said that many villages, colonies had framed own SOPs adding to the difficulties for burials.
It therefore urged the government as well as the village authorities to consider opening up burial grounds so that at least the departed soul could be peacefully laid to rest.
WCH appreciated the sincere concern & initiative taken by i/c Dimapur COVID-19 management, Kikheto Sema, who along with ADC Dimapur Atokhe Aye and commissioner of police, Rothihu Tetseo surveyed NCD cemetery at Zani village with regard to the rising number of COVID-19 related deaths. 
While stating that it was unfortunate to learn that “a government officer such as Khiketo Sema” who had gone for cemetery inspection had to pronounce the last prayer for the departed soul, WCH said that this was an eye opener.“The fear, stigma and misconceptions associated with COVID-19 need to be re-examined with sensible & positive attitude”, it maintained.
Further, WCH said that while maintaining safety measures was priority, a humanitarian approach was the need of the hour.
It called upon the churches, communities, NGOs/civil societies, village councils and colony councils to “ponder seriously on these confronting issues”.
DPON: Dimasa Public Organisation Nagaland (DPON) has expressed dismay over the system of vaccination stating that the online booking registration had deprived the poor and mostly illiterate people of Dhansiripar sub-division due to ignorance and non-possession of smartphones. 
In a press release, DPON president K Naben said that for the date May 17 and 18, the beneficiaries seemed mostly from town areas and very few were from the sub-division. “While every village maintained vigil to disallow outsiders, many have come from Dimapur town for vaccination, putting the citizens at risk”, DPON stated. 
In this regard, it urged the authority to evolve a mechanism for registration and booking only for the people of the area or sub-division.
Further, it stated that the Community Health Centre (CHC), Dhansiripar was to cover the 26 villages for vaccination and the priority should therefore be to the people of the sub-division. 

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