Returnees to be charged for food at QCs

Returnees to be charged for food at QCs
DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan addressing DTF Dimapur at conference Hall, DC Dimapur (DIPR)
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/8/2020 12:36:05 PM IST

DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan convened and chaired the 1st District Task Force (DTF), Dimapur meeting on August 7 after taking over the office as DC Dimapur.

According to DIPR report, DC highlighted on latest SOPs issued by the state government on August 4 and 5. He advised members to avoid panic and take all required precautions and to sensitise people so that issues of stigma and discrimination are avoided. Soundararajan maintained that calibrated reopening would be chalked out as per suggestions of the members and directed DMC administrator to form a sub-committee under his convenorship and chalk out a plan best suited at local context.

The sub-committee will then put up a proposal of calibrated reopening of the markets and put it up to DTF. CMO Dimapur, Dr. Mereninla Senlem expressed the need for more manpower, for surveillance and contact tracing and informed that anyone from non-medical background can help. 

Clarifying on apprehension of some CSO members, deputy CMO, Dr. Antoly informed that although initially COVID positive cases of para military forces were housed in COVID Hospital Dimapur, presently there were no security personnel in DHD since past one month as they had been shifted to their centres.

Director CISHR, Dr. Sedevi opined that dead bodies need not be tested for COVID status as it was wastage of time. He also suggested on providing TrueNat to all private hospitals, through PPP mode by signing an MOU. DC Dimapur stated that he would discuss with the medical department and put it up to the government. MS Dimapur, Dr. Kuveduyi Theyo and commissioner police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo also spoke at the meeting.

Food at QCs will be charged from August 10 

DC also informed that food provided at respective quarantine centres (QCs) will be charged from August 10. DC notified that Dimapur, DTF has fixed Rs.350 per person per day at institutional quarantine which includes Rs. 40 for breakfast, Rs.130 for lunch, Rs.130 for dinner, Rs.20 for water and Rs.30 for logistic expenses (packing, fuel, delivery cost, etc).

Meanwhile, he informed that payment to caterers will be done on daily basis and official in-charge/managers of quarantine centres will collect the amount from quarantinees and deposit the amount to caterers.

Quarantinees may opt to arrange own food from outside for which the food should be packed in a single use disposable containers, preferably of bio-degradable material.

DC also informed caterers and others delivering food will not be allowed to enter QCs and food packets must be dropped off at designated points outside QCs only. Quarantinees will get released slips from the QC only after clearance of food bill.

Kohima DTF notifies

Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 held an emergency meeting on August 7. According to DIPR report, the house resolved the following points for necessary adherence for all returnees to the district from August 10; All returnees to the district will be charged for food at Rs 300 per day for lunch and dinner; Other basic requirements will be made available on payment to all the returnees and charges incurred by returnees at QCs should be cleared before discharge/release. The medical officer of the quarantine centre is/are entrusted to collect charges/amount incurred by returnees at the QC itself.

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