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Govt. clarifies the claim by IHRC Nagaland Chapter on Covid-19 samples from Dimapur

Kohima, March 23 (NE): Nagaland govt. clarifies on the press release issued by the chairman, Indian Human Rights Council (IHRC) for the State of Nagaland with regards to the preparedness and response of the department of Health and Family welfare Government of Nagaland on Covid-19.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare would bring to light that since January 18, 2020 activities have been put into action. With the evolving situation of the Covid-19 outbreak, informed and measured actions have been taken, stated the press release.

The department of health and family welfare has been strictly following the directions, standard operating protocol of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India. In matters relating to sample testing, those that do not fit into the laid down criteria by the MOHFW, the samples if so collect and sent for testing, will be rejected by the designated testing laboratories. The cases from Eden hospital and Zion hospitals do not fit into the given criteria for collection of sample for testing, said the press release issued by Dr. Vizolie Z Suokhrie, Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland on March 23, 2020

The district surveillance unit of Dimapur is in constant touch with the patients of the reported respective hospitals. As of the filing of this press release, the patients are doing fine.

So far the state has sent only One sample for the suspected Covid-19 test and the result received for the same is negative, he added.

With regard to isolation ward, the Department of Health and Family Welfare have been identifying the isolation wards in the public health care facilities and other centres. Those identified are in place but is expandable as the situation demands. Quarantine facilities have been identified and expandable.

This holds true for ventilators. At present 12 dedicated ventilators are in place for Covid-19 in addition to the ICU ventilators available in the state.

The protection gears which include Personal Protection Equipments, N-95 mask, triple layer mask, gloves have been procured and distributed. Orders have been placed for additional procurement. It may also be placed in public domain that shortage of all materials and equipments are abound all over the country and even globally.

In addition, the department of Health and Family Welfare have been on the job carrying out surveillance activity, which include monitoring, observation, contact tracing of both Naga and non Naga residents of Nagaland including both domestic and international who have entered Nagaland from the affected countries since January 18, 2020. This screening and surveillance have expanded to all those entering Nagaland through rail and road entry points.

The Government of Nagaland is well aware that this pandemic Covid-19 is beyond the health system involving the full machinery of the government at hand. The department appeals to the public not to spread rumours or panic but co-operate with the government.

The department welcomes positive criticisms from all and request all concerned to extend all possible help to the Government of Nagaland, added the press release.