Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, to come into force soon

Dimapur, March 19 (NE): The Government of Nagaland issues new regulations known as ‘Nagaland Epidemic Disease Regulations (Covid19) 2020’ on (Novel Coronavirus) Covid-19 pandemic.

Nagaland Epidemic Disease Regulations (Covid19) 2020 is a temporary regulation under Section 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. This will be extended to the whole state of Nagaland and it will soon come into force through it’s official Gazette.

According to the notification:

– Authorized persons under this Act are Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare at State, Deputy Commissioners, Chief Medical Officers at districts, and Additional Deputy Commissioner in subdivisions and Officers as authorized by the Department of Health and Family Welfare from time to time.

– It Authorizes Deputy Commissioners to enforce lockdown of village, town, ward, colony or settlement from where cases of COVID-19 are reported, to prevent spread of the disease.

– The regulations, which comes into force immediately through its Official Gazette shall remain valid for a period of one year. It also authorizes State authorities to forcefully admit and isolate COVID-19 suspected individuals (if they refuses admission or isolation) for a period of 14 days from the onset of symptoms or till reports of lab tests are received, or such period as may be necessary.

– With regard to containment measures if cases of COVID-19 are reported, the regulation authorized DC’s to seal the geographical area; bar entry and exit of population from the containment area; closure of schools, offices and banning public gatherings; ban vehicular movements in the area; hospital isolation of all suspected cases; etc plus any other measures to control/prevent the epidemic.

– The regulations directed all health facilities to have a designated Flu/COVID-19 corners for screening of suspected cases of COVID-19.

– It also bars person/institution/organization from using any print or electronic media for information regarding COVID-19 without prior permission of Health & Family Welfare Department, Nagaland, to avoid spread of any rumour or unauthenticated information regarding nCoV. Anyone found indulging in such activity will be treated as a punishable offence under the regulations.

– It also bars private laboratories to take or test samples for COVID-19 in Nagaland. All such samples will be collected as per guidelines of the Union Ministry of H&FW and these will be sent to designated labs by the State Nodal Officer appointed by the State H&FW Department.

– The notification warned that any person/ institution/ organization found violating any clause of the regulations shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 (45 of 1860).

– The regulations also said that no suit or legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything done or intended to be done in good faith under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 (No. of 1897) unless proved otherwise.

– The District Disaster Management Committee will look after planning to be headed by the District Deputy Commissioner along with other officials from different Departments, etc in every districts of Nagaland, which will be further divided into sub – divisions, etc to reach the rural and other areas of the concern district.

It is important to note that through this regulation and dedicated teams, Nagaland is well prepared to tackle the coronavirus situation in the state.