DIPR Naga News (09.07.2020)
July 9, 2020
BRIEFING ON COVID-19 ON 9th JULY 2020 FOR NAGALAND BY PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, HOME
The full text is as follows:
“As on today, the total number of positive cases in the State stands at 673. All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals and COVID-19 Care Centres. Further, active surveillance and contact tracing is in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection.
Out of the 673 positive cases, the total active cases are 369, and 304 have recovered. As per the severity of symptoms, 368 active cases are asymptomatic and 1 case is moderate.
Till date, a total of 15,062 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR. The results of 14,214 samples have been received. Out of the 15,062 samples, 9,626 samples have been received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) and a total of 9,381 samples have been tested, out of which 480 samples have tested positive. A total of 8,694 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat also. 8,232 samples have tested negative, and 238 samples have tested positive which have been sent for confirmation by RT-PCR.
A Special Train which originated from Bengaluru, Karnataka on 6th of July 2020 carrying about 307 stranded persons of Nagaland reached Dimapur today at about 8.00 A.M. in the morning.”
STATE GOVERNMENT BANS IMPORT AND SALE OF DOG MEAT
In pursuance to the approval of the Cabinet Memorandum No. CAB-2/2013(Pt), dated 04/07/2020 and for strict compliance of the Food Safety &Standards Act, 2006 and the Food Safety& Standards(Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulation 2011, the State Government has banned the import and sale of dog meat in the State.
As per the order, commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets, and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dine in restaurants will be banned.
Any person found violating the order shall be liable to be punished under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and/or any such other provisions of law as may be applicable.
The District Administration, Police, Municipal Administration and the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department, severally or jointly, will enforce the order.
DC MON IMPOSES 144(2) CrPC
Thavaseelan K has notified that covid-19 positive case have been detected at the quarantine centre in government high school Phomching on 7th July 2020,it has become necessary to take all required precautionary steps to mitigate the possible spread of covid-19 for public health, public safety and public order.
Therefore in the interest of public health, public safety and public order in Mon District and in exercise of the powers conferred upon section 144 of the criminal procedure code 1973 the DC has passed order for exparte u/s 144(2)CrPC. This order will come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force till further orders. Any one violating the foresaid order will be liable for punishment under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
DC KOHIMA INFORMS
In view of the detection of Covid-19 Positive person at Upper PWD Colony Kohima. Municipal Ward No 11, the DC Office had declared/demarcated it as a containment zone vide Notification No DCK/CON/COVID-19/2020/PT/397. Dated Kohima the 26th June 2020, whereby various restriction were imposed to contain the spread of disease/infection and the zone/area was kept under strict and active Medical surveillance and movement within the zone was restricted prohibited to the public.
Accordingly contact tracing of the Covid-19 positive person was carried out and all the primary and secondary contacts were identified and tested for Covid-19 and found to be Covid Negative.
Therefore, as per the Advisory/guidelines of the Medical Department and since all contact tracing is completed and tested, Gregory Thejawelie, Deputy Commissioner Kohima has issued an order to lift the Containment Zone notified vide this Office, Dated 26th June 2020 and declare that all normal activities at Upper PWD Colony Kohima, Municipal Ward No. 11 is allowed to resume henceforth, as per various SOPs of the Government which is still enforced.
This Order shall come into force with immediate effect.
(Morotsung Longchar, IA Kohima)
TRAINING ON COVID-19 HELD AT DIMAPUR
A two day training programme aimed to equip community leaders with knowledge and skills on how to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19, organised by Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR) in collaboration with district administration and DMC, got underway at Dimapur on 9th July 2020.
Administrator, DMC, Albert Ezung, while delivering the welcome address at Lotha Community Hall said that the training programme is an important initiative to create awareness and build the capacities of the community leaders and volunteers who play critical role in preparedness and response at community level. Calling for collective effort to fight against the pandemic, Ezung said that frontline workers alone cannot fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He also expressed sincere appreciation to CIHSR for the initiative.
During the training session, HoD, Medicine, Dr.Megongusie Meru, explained in detail about COVID-19, how it spread, spectrum of illness severity, different types of tests, outcome of infection and quarantine facilities and its purpose.
Hospital Infection Control Nurse, Theyiesinuo, while speaking on Infection Prevention & Control highlighted infection prevention steps such as hand hygiene, face mask, cough etiquette, social and physical distancing, environment cleaning and disinfection. Clinical Psychologist, Imlibenla who was also one of the resource persons spoke on psychological care.
Other highlights of the programme included Q&As session and Action Plan. The programme was chaired by Consultant Community Health Department, Dr.Naro Imchen.
(Watimenla/Sebu, IA Dimapur)
NAGALAND POLICE CLARIFIES
Apropos a news item by one Manoj Anand captioned “Nagaland Police snubs NIA” that appeared in some of the leading National Print Media on 09.07.2020, the Nagaland Police is constraint to issue this Press statement to make it known to all that the content of the news items is not only factually incorrect but appears to be malicious in intent aimed at creating misunderstanding and straining the excellent rapport that Nagaland Police has with all regional and national law enforcing and investigating agencies. To dispel all doubts and misgiving, the Nagaland Police would like to present the sequence of events as it actually transpired and which is also vouched by the premier investigating agency in question. It may also be stated that, the NIA through the office of the DIG NIA, Kolkata has given a clarification to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Gol, that the news report is false. The NIA HQ Guwahati has also expressed regret to the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur over the fabricated article published in some National Print media.
- That on 05.07.2020 following a telephonic intimation to, Nagaland Police, that a team of officer from NIA Guwahati will be arriving Dimapur oh 06.07.2020 in connection with DPR PS DMR Case No. 0074/2020 Dated 05.07.2020, necessary arrangements for the NIA team in terms of logistics, accommodation, escorts/ security and transportation was put in place by Nagaland Police. This information was followed by a formal Fax Message received from SP NIA Guwahati vide MISC/ 2020/9366 Dated 05.07.2020 requesting to examine the apprehended accused persons on the aforementioned case.
- That on 06.07.2020, the NIA team led by a Dy SP, NIA arrived Dellai Gate, Dimapur. Upon arrival, arrangements were made to take the NIA Team to Covid Hospital, Dimapur for necessary medical screening and Covid-19 testing as per the laid down Medical SOP for any person coming from outside. It may be stated that accommodation for the NIA team at the Central Police officers’ Mess, Chumukedima, escorts at Dellai Gate and other security arrangement was arranged by Nagaland Police. However, the NIA team expressed their inability to await until their test results and hence did not enter Nagaland but waited at Dellai Gate after giving a written requisition to CP Dimapur for copies of case related documents vide No.MISC/Enquiry/2020/9368 Dated 06.07.2020, which was promptly made available to SP NIA Guwahati and received by the Dy SP NIA who arrived Dellai Gate on 06.07.2020. After receiving all the relevant case records and documents from Dimapur Police, the NIA team returned back to Guwahati from Dellai Gate.
- That on 08.07.2020, a second NIA team led by another Dy SP NIA arrived Dimapur and after being subjected to mandatory Covid-19 screening and testing at District Hospital Dimapur as per medical protocol, they were taken to be lodged at Central Police Officers’ Mess, Chumukedima addressing all their security concerns under police escort. Even their place of stay was secured putting necessary security arrangement in place.
- That on being tested negative and on receipt of medical clearance from Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur, the said NIA team was given access to the accused and they proceeded with their line of interrogation.
- Nagaland Police, reiterates that the new item is baseless, false and fabricated making a distorted presentation of what actually transpired. Nagaland police have always been sensitive on matters of National security and have been extending cooperation to all law enforcing agencies. The State police have even in the past extended all cooperation to national investigating agencies and even investigating agencies of various States. The Nagaland Police shall not be found wanting and shall always stand true to its motto of “Security, Service, Sacrifice”. This was stated in a release by SP Crime & PRO, Nagaland Police, Manoj Kumar A, IPS.
290 RETURNEES ARRIVE BY SPECIAL TRAIN FROM BANGALORE
The special train from Bangalore arrived at Dimapur Railway Station on 9th July 2020 around 8:20 am carrying 290 Naga returnees comprising of 137 from Dimapur and Peren district, Mon-37, Tuensang-19, Longleng-17, Kiphiri-18, Phek-4, Zunheboto-24, Mokukchung-4, Wokha-16 and Kohima-14.
Team Dimapur led by Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS received the Returnees. On arrival, Dimapur and Peren district Returnees were taken to Agri expo for further necessary protocols before sending them in the government Quarantine centers.
Returnees from the rest of the District of Nagaland underwent thermal screening at the medical counter at Railway station Dimapur, given food packets and were then transported in their respective districts by NST buses accompanied by their Liaison officer.
It may be mentioned that 49 Returnees from Manipur (Senapati district) also came from the same train. Team Dimapur provided food packets and water to the Manipur Returnees also, who were then transported by buses arranged by their government.
SCHOOLS TO MANDATORILY FILL UP QUESTIONNAIRE BY NBSE
Nagaland Board of School Education on 7th July 2020 has issued a notice to all the heads of registered institutions with regard to the status of online learning. The Board expressed its appreciation to all the schools which are tirelessly working to connect with the students in one way or the other at such challenging times.
The Board has informed all the registered schools to mandatorily fill up a questionnaire of 15 questions available on the website link survey.nbsenl.edu.in before the 15th July 2020. The questionnaire is part of an exercise undertaken by the board to find out how the schools are connecting with the students in this troubled times. Therefore, all heads of registered institutions have been requested to ensure correct information is furnished since the information so furnished by the schools will help the Board to plan its future action.
NBSE NOTIFIES INSTITUTIONS
The Nagaland Board of School Education has notified for information of all the Heads of registered institutions that in pursuance of the decision of the Governing Body of the NBSE, the Board shall discontinue the Environmental Education and Home Science as a sixth subject in the course of study at the Secondary Level. However, the Environmental Education components will be integrated/incorporated into other academic subjects.
In this regard, all the registered schools of the Board are informed to take note of the following:
- New permission will not be granted to any institution for introduction of these subjects from this academic session.
- The two subjects will be dropped as a course of study from the academic session 2022 in a phase manner (i.e.Class IX – 2022 & Class X – 2023).
- In lieu of the above two subjects, the Board will identify new subjects which are vocational in nature. The new subjects will be notified in due course of time.
IMPORT OF PIGS TOTALLY BANNED FOR HEALTH SAFETY : BHANDARI
Additional Deputy Commissioner Bhandari, Tiameren Chang, through an order dated the 9th July 2020 has issued directive for total ban on import of Pigs from outside the State and slaughtering of Pigs for meat consumption, in view of the outbreak of African Swine Fever epidemic and reported deaths of Pigs under Bhandari sub division.
Reiterating to its earlier order and in reference to the directive of the Principal Secretary, Home Department, Government of Nagaland, the order stated that import of pigs from outside the state and transportation of the same for the purpose of either slaughtering or rearing has been totally banned with immediate effect under Bhandari Sub-division.
The order also notified to the public that slaughtering of Pigs without verification by concerned department and clearance from the ADC would be viewed seriously.
The order further stated that transportation of Pigs through Bhandari Sub-division to other parts of the State is also strictly prohibited for health safety of the general public at large.
Through the same order, ADC had also sought for prompt response from Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Government of Nagaland, to deploy officials to verify the reports and take stock of the situation at the earliest, in order to prevent further spread of the disease.
(APRO and IA, Bhandari)