Kohima, February 17 (NE): The present status of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nagaland state was discussed at Kohima District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) monthly meeting was held at it’s Conference Hall on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner and Vice Chairman DPDB Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, NCS. The meeting was also attended by Director of Horticulture, Dr. Elithung Lotha and Director of Soil and Water Conservation, Viliehu Nguzhü.
In his presentation on the status of COVID-19 in Nagaland, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Kohima, Dr. Hoito informed that a total number of 75 passengers were screened till February 13, 2020 where 15 persons were under Home Isolation as per the status of Nagaland State for COVID -19. He pointed out on the importance to create community awareness on basic protective measures against COVID-19 such as frequent hand washing, respiratory hygiene, maintain social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, seek medical care if symptoms are seen, avoid consumption of raw or uncooked animal products and follow travel advice for international travel.
In Kohima district, the Surveillance was started from 28th January 2020 where 22 number of passengers were under surveillance till 14th February 2020 and seven (7) persons were under Home Isolation. Daily follow up of the health status of all passengers under observation for 28 days starting from date of arrival is being carried out. He informed that during observation if any symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty in breathing develops they will be referred to District hospital. The Medical Officers at District Hospital will examine and depending on the criteria set by WHO guidelines sample collection, isolation, etc, will be carried out.
Dr. Hoito also requested the DPDB members to create awareness on giving information of any persons with travel history to China or affected countries from January 15, 2020 to self declare or report to the numbers provided : State level Helpline – 7005415243, 9856071745 and 7005539653 and for Kohima district Helpline – 8837093602 and 7005464959.
(With inputs from DIPR)