DIPR NAGA NEWS (22.06.2020)
June 22, 2020
BRIEFING ON COVID-19 ON 22ND JUNE 2020 FOR NAGALAND BY PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, HOME
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“Today, the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 held its meeting under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The meeting was attended by the Co-Chairman, the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, Hon’ble Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, the Members of the High Powered Committee – the Hon’ble Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs and the Hon’ble Advisor for Information Technology, Science & Technology and Non Renewable Energy.
The High Powered Committee reviewed the overall COVID-19 situation in the State and it received briefings from the Health Department and the Home Department.
As on today, the total number of positive cases in the State stands at 280. Out of this, the total active cases are 139, and 141 have recovered. All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals. As per the severity of symptoms, all the 139 active cases are asymptomatic.
As per the distribution of the 280 cases by age, there are 4 cases between 0-17 years, 269 cases between 18-44 years, 5 cases between 45-64 years and 2 cases between 65-74 years. As per the distribution of gender, there are 195 males and 85 females.
As of today at 4 pm, a total of 9,665 samples have been sent for testing. Results of 8,158 samples have been received and 1507 samples are awaited. Out of the 9,665 samples, 6833 samples have been received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), till today and a total of 5613 samples have been tested and out of which 221 samples have tested positive.
A total of 6768 persons are presently under Facility Quarantine.”
BSL 2 AT CISHR TO BE INAUGURATED WITHIN FEW DAYS
Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Pangyu Phom paid a final inspection to the ongoing BSL 2 installation at CISHR Dimapur today 22nd June 2020 and said that the lab would be inaugurated within a few days time. The Minister was accompanied by Advisor IPR, SCERT, and VG, Toshi Wungtung and guided by Director CISHR Dr. Sedevi and Doctor Nito Yepthomi who will be heading the BSL 2 lab. The team visited the processing room, the RNA extraction room, sample storage room kept at minus 80 degree Celsius, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and explained in detail on how the BSL 2 would function.
Director CISHR, Dr. Sedevi informed that ICMR has given approval for the lab and it would be operational once ICMR are satisfied with the test sample done with BSL2 and the results of which would be uploaded probably by tomorrow. “If ICMR are satisfied and happy they will give us the go ahead and the lab would be operational,” Doctor Sedevi informed. He also highlighted on the multi utility of such labs and explained that the lab facility could be used for several other conditions like TB, HIV, Hepatitis etc. and would immensely strengthen the medical facility/ infrastructure. Further, Dr. Sedevi also mentioned that many Naga medical scholars who are working and doing research in the mainland will get opportunity to come and work in Nagaland with the installation of such facilities. “Already 2 PHD Naga scholars have applied and one has already joined,” he informed.
Dr. Nito Yepthomi informed the visiting officials that 12 designated staff headed by him would be running the lab which will also comprise of two pathologists and one scientist who will be working in shifts. He also informed that the present strength of 12 staff would be able to test around 150 to 200 samples but cited that more manpower would be required if the sample goes beyond 200 per day.
DC PEREN PROHIBITS OUTSIDE FOOD AT QUARANTINE CENTRES
The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has necessitated the setting up of quarantine facilities to accommodate the large number of returnees to the district from various parts of the country. It has been reported that parents and relatives of the returnees accommodated at the different quarantine facilities are bringing packages of food and other commodities to their wards resulting in unnecessary harassment of the facility managers as well as other staff manning the quarantine facilities.
Therefore, in order to ensure the smooth management of the quarantine centers as well as to discourage such practices by the parents & relatives of the returnees, Deputy Commissioner of Peren, Sentiwapang Aier has issued an order on 19th June, 2020 stating that packages of food or other eatable commodities/medicines delivered by the parents & relatives for their wards in any of the government managed quarantine facilities shall be strictly prohibited.
LAW & ORDER AND FACILITATION SERVICES IN THE STATE AS ON 21ST JUNE 2020
The State Emergency Operation Centre COVID-19 Control room Kohima has issued the report on Law & Order across the state as on 21st June, 2020. Joint Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Hiazu Meru stated in the report that three (3) persons violated the order of lock down and Curfew, meanwhile two (2) persons bound down.
The report also stated that, shops for food grains, groceries, and Milk were opened in all the Districts of Nagaland except Longleng, Wokha and Mokokchung. Medicine shops were also open in all the districts except Longleng district. There was no report of any shortage of food grains, groceries, milk and medicine in the state.
The report further stated that, there was no restriction on movement of essential service providers like electricity, telecom facilities, medical facilities etc. and personnel/workers in manufacturing units and commercial vehicles for distribution of essential commodities and e-commerce.
Suitable arrangements have been made for providing food & shelter to migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. 1 (One) active relief camps and 1(one) active food camps Five (5) daily wagers and needy persons were provided food/dry ration.
(K.Zeliang, Asst. Director)