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Returnees shifted to Peren district before receiving COVID-19 result: One tested positive

Returnees shifted to Peren district before receiving COVID-19 results: One tested positive

Kohima, June 04 (NE): Amidst the spike in the COVID-19 positive cases in the state, report of mismanagement, violating the Standard Operating Protocol of sending the returnees to their respective districts before receiving the COVID-19 test results continued in Nagaland and this time it is in Peren district.

It is reported that a Chennai returnee sent to Peren district from Dimapur quarantine centre had tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 39 returnees including 34 male and 5 female were sent to Jalukie under Peren district on Tuesday, June 02, 2020, afterwhich 17 returnees were sent to Peren yesterday, June 03, 2020.

Speaking to NagalandExpress, the spokesperson DTF Peren, Dr. Kevilhulie Meyase, who is also the DSO for Peren, said that the COVID-19 positive patient is a 22 year old lady who was quarantined in GMS sector ‘A’ quarantine centre Jalukie. She is a returnee from Chennai who reached Jalukie yesterday along with other 16 returnees. She is asymptomatic.

The COVID-19 positive patient is being shifted to the COVID hospital CHC Jalukie at the time of filing this report. The DSO also mentioned that contact tracing, identifying and isolation of all the passengers who travelled along with the COVID-19 positive person is underway currently.

He also informed that an emergency meeting of the District Task Force was held today and both the quarantine centres at JNV and GMS sector A Jalukie, has been turned into a containment zone.

There are 43 male returnees at JNV and 13 female returnees at GMS Sector A and one male returnee from Chennai is kept at isolation ward, Veterinary college hostel due to symptoms of sore throat and headache even though he tested negative for COVID-19.

Sources also said that Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister, TR Zeliang has requested the District Administration & medical fraternity to probe enquiry into the positive case of COVID-19 in the district.

Nagaland registered its highest one time spike of COVID-19 positive cases today, with 22 returnees from Chennai testing positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 80.

Earlier, Tuensang reported it’s first case on May 27, 2020 due to a similar mismanagement, a returnee from Chennai, who was one of the inbound passengers to Tuensang, was tested positive for COVID-19. The person who tested positive for COVID-19 was released on May 26 along with 168 returnees, from Kohima quarantine centre without getting the COVID-19 test results.

Following this incident, the Principal Secretary, School Education & SCERT, Menukhol John, holding additional charge of Health & Family Welfare was relieved of Health and Family Welfare Department and Smti. Ahola Those, IAS Commissioner & Secretary, Art and Culture was transferred and posted as Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare.

Also on May 30, 2020, 3(three) member Judicial Inquiry Committee was constituted by the State Government to inquire into the matter regarding transportation of the stranded returnees to Tuensang from Kohima on May 26, 2020 before receiving the COVID-19 test results. The Committee will be completing the inquiry and submit its report within 15(fifteen), informed Nagaland Principal Secretary Home, Abhijit Sinha IAS.