Naga News

DIPR Naga News (06.02.2020)


            The Government of Nagaland has declared 8th February (2nd Saturday), 2020 as working day for all the offices of the State Government located in Kohima on account of the ongoing 5th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

            All Administrative Heads and Heads of Department have been directed to ensure attendance of the Officers & Staff of their respective departments.



            The Department of Horticulture organised the first Hortipreneurs Meet on Marketing of Horticulture Produces at Hotel Japhü, Kohima on 6th February 2020.

            Director of Horticulture & Mission Director (MIDH), Dr. R. Elithung Lotha was the chairman of the programme where he stated that India is the 2nd highest producer of fruits in the world and also that 11% of the vegetables grow in India. He stressed on how the farmers and entrepreneurs in Nagaland should take advantage of horticulture produces in order to encourage employment and agriculture in the state.

            In his key note address, Commissioner & Secretary, Department of Horticulture, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS said the programme was to meet and encourage the farmers and entrepreneurs of Nagaland and also to help the Government of Nagaland in policy making. Stating that Nagaland has less scope for large and medium scale industries, he said that the main scope is agro-based industries. He further added that farmers should take up horticulture crops which are sustainable, ecologically friendly and economically viable. Kikheto told the entrepreneurs and farmers present that their first target should be the state itself and learn how to manage their business within the state first and gradually focus on the rest of the nation and the world.

            He mentioned that through horticulture produces there will be a large amount of employment generation and urged the entrepreneurs from different districts to come together and cooperate for the benefit of everyone. He also said that the department will be identifying the different types of produces in all the districts and will be putting in check the overlapping of activities in the State. The Department will also facilitate air and train cargos for shipping the horticulture crops to the rest of the country and plans are also on to open outlets in metro cities and at airports. He asked the entrepreneurs to interact with the officials and give suggestions for the potential of horticulture produces.

            In the interactive session, the entrepreneurs shared their experiences and market linkages for horticulture produces were discussed.

                                                                                                (Shalong & Takumpula, IA)


            The District Planning & Development Board meeting of Longleng was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner M. Shayung Phom on 6th February 2010 at DC’s conference hall.

            The Deputy Commissioner while welcoming the members present reiterated on attending the DPDB meetings without fail. Asserting that DPDB is an important meeting of a district which is held once in a month he appealed to the members to attend the meeting positively leaving aside other engagement. Shayung also thanked the officers for successfully completing the Republic Day celebration as assigned to every department because of their good coordination among the officers and cooperation to the district administration. He therefore exhorted the officers to continue the good team works for successful conduct of any official functions in the district.

            The board had a lengthy deliberation for re-up-gradation of GMS Buranamsang to GHS. In this regard the ADC Longleng Mr. Robin informed that the School was downgraded because of the poor performance, use of unqualified proxy teachers by the school management board. Therefore, the ADC Tamlu suggested verification of the School along with DEO and SDEO Longleng to identify its performance. Accordingly it was decided to verify the school before the next meeting.

            Additional Superintendent of Police Atopu Sumi highlighted the grievances faced by the Police department in the district. He informed the house that the DEF Longleng was functioning without Unit Quarter Guard and presently all arms and ammunitions are kept at Police Station which is insecure. He also informed about lack of NAP Barrack in the district headquarter and electrification at Yonglok Police Station which is very essential for smooth functioning of the Police force in the district.

            Accordingly the board forwarded for construction of unit quarter guard at Longleng and electrification of Yonglok Police station and NAP camp at Yonglok.

            CMO Longleng presented a brief report on the outbreak of Corona virus in China and its history in other parts of the world earlier. She appealed to the members not to panic but need to learn basic things like prevention of the virus through proper use of musk, to detect the virus and give proper treatment in isolation ward if a patient is suspicious of infected by coronavirus.  Since the virus is transmitted from animals she advised the members to keep their pets clean and wash hands properly after touching their pet animals. Medical Superintendent DH Longleng also informed that although the District Hospital is not equipped to fight and detect coronavirus however, a separate isolated ward is reserved for any coronavirus infected patient in the district as directed.

                                                                                    (DPRO Longleng)


            The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Kohima has informs all the AEROs, Kohima District, the President BJP/DCC/NDPP/NPF Kohima District that in connection with the final publication of photo electoral roll pertaining to Special Summary Revision w.r.t 01.01.2020 as the qualifying date, a meeting will be held on 7th February 2020 at 10 AM in the Office Chamber of the Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Kohima.

            Copies of the Final Roll (both hard and soft copies) will be handed over to the representatives of recognised political parties and also the AEROs during the meeting. All concerned are therefore informed to attend the meeting positively.

                                                                                    (Morotsung Longchar, IA Kohima)


            Deputy Commissioner Zunheboto Peter Lichamo has informed all the DPDB members that the monthly meeting for the month of February will be held on 20th February at 12 noon at DC conference hall. All the legislatures under Zunheboto District will be attending the meeting. All the members have been hereby requested to attend the meeting without fail.

                                                                                    (DPRO & IA Zunheboto/Suruhoto)


            Vice Chairman DPDB Wokha & Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha informs all board members that due to unavoidable circumstances the monthly District Planning and Development Board Meeting for the month of February id postponed till further notice. In this regard, all members have been requested to bear with the inconvenience.

                                                                                                (Zubenthung, IA Wokha)


            ‘We are reaping what our forefathers had sown in the past, it is the sacrifices made by our elders, leaders, GBs etc. that has brought the town to its 75th anniversary and that we should all be thankful to them’, said H. Khehovi Yepthomi, Advisor of Tourism and art and culture at the 75th Anniversary celebration of Suruhoto town range headquarter at Suruhoto town hall on 5th February 2020.

            He stressed on the importance of national population census and asked all the people to enroll themself in the national population census starting next month.

            SDO (C) Suruhoto Dr. Kuzonyi Wideo in his greetings thanked the pioneers who started Suruhoto town. He stated that the literacy rate of Suruhoto is 92% according to government official data as compared to 79.02 percent of state official data showing much improvement in educational field. He acknowledged the Suruhoto Public health centre (PHC) which was awarded as one of the best public health centre during this year Republic Day celebration and thank Dr. Renchamo and his team for making Suruhoto proud. He also acknowledged Holuto who was awarded as best BLO in district and States during the recently health electoral revision. He also encouraged the government employees to take one’s work or job seriously and that one should not be silent eaters but rather productive consumers and try to give our best for the development of the town.

            Ex MLA Shetoyi Yeptho in his greeting speech encouraged the GBs, elders and leaders to always take firm decision and give just and fair judgements. He added that jubilee is a time of forgiveness love and peace.

            Ex Minister Kiyezhe Aye released the jubilee souvenir. Earlier the programme started with unveiling of the Jubilee stone by the special guest. Welcome speech was pronounced by Kheniho Jakhalu, head GB Surumi village. Special number was presented by STH shuru hota unit and vote of thanks was delivered by Hovishe Shikhu, ATC Chairman. 

                                                                                                (DPRO, IA Suruhoto)


            The average wholesale prices of essential commodities (food grains) have been uploaded in the Dimapur District website under information section. The updated prices will be uploaded from time to time for the benefit of general public.

                                                                                                (DPRO Dimapur)


(A DIPR feature by Siizo Kikhi IA)

What is scrub typhus?

            Scrub typhus is an acute infectious disease caused by a rickettsia known as Orientia tsutsugamushi.

How is it spread?

            It is transmitted to humans and rodents such as rats, mice etc through the bite of mites (tiny insects). The mite is very small (0.2 – 0.4 mm) which is not visible to the naked eye.

Where is it commonly found?

            It is endemic to an area known as the “tsutsugamushi triangle” which extends from Japan to Australia and Pakistan. In India, it has been reported in Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Vellore, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur. Certain areas like forest clearings, riverbanks and grassy regions provide optimal conditions for infected mites to thrive.

Is it a seasonal disease?

            It occurs more frequently during the rainy season

What are the clinical symptoms of Scrub Typhus?

            Bites are localized on the groin, armpits or neck and leaves a black mark on healing. Sudden fever with chills, severe headache, weakness, muscle pain, swelling of the lymph nodes, and dry cough. Rash may appear on the body, and then on the hands and legs and turn pale within a few days.

            If left untreated, complications like pneumonia, multi organ failure, blood clotting disorder etc., may develop leading to death.

How is it diagnosed and where are the facilities available in Nagaland?

            The most commonly used test for diagnosis is Weil-Felix Test. It is a serological test to detect specific antibody/antigen in a patient’s serum. The testing facility is available at the State IDSP laboratory, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Paramedical, Kohima.

            Testing facilities are also available at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima and District Hospital, Dimapur.

What is the treatment?

            Scrub Typhus responds well to antibiotic Doxycycline or Chloramphenicol, given for 7-14 days. In resistant cases, Rifampicin can be used. In children and pregnant women, Azithromycin is the drug of choice. However, it is advised to consult a medical doctor first before any treatment.

What can be done to prevent Scrub Typhus?

            Wear long sleeve clothes while going to the jungle or fields and take full body bath on returning. Apply insect repellants on exposed body parts. Reduce rat population by trapping, use of poison etc. Clearing limited amounts of vegetation around the house and village periphery. Spraying of insecticides such as DDT can be done in the affected villages. Contact your District Malaria Officer for more details.

What can you do if you get similar symptoms?

            Seek timely help from the nearest health unit or hospital.

Report any suspected cases.

For any queries/reporting of suspected cases contact:

  1. State Surveillance Unit (SSU), Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima, Nagaland

            Telefax: 0370 – 2270398 Email:

  1. All District Hospitals.

(Source: State Surveillance Unit (SSU), IDSP, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland)