DoH&FW, Govt of Nagaland issues public advisory

DoH&FW, Govt of Nagaland issues Public Advisory

Kohima, September 13 (NEx): On the backdrop of recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the State, the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland through a public advisory urged the general public to take equal responsibility in adopting and practising preventive and precautionary measures to check the spread of COVID-19 infection.

The Principal Director, H&FW, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie stated that, in line with the Government of India’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines, the state has decided for a phased reopening of the state with many restrictions relaxed. However, the public is cautioned against misconstruing it as an improving pandemic situation.

There has been a recent surge in the number of cases in Nagaland. The positivity rate (percentage of positive test results out of samples tested) had fallen to 4% during
August 22-29, 2020 after which it has increased to 6% during August 30th to September 4th, which further increased to 11% during September 5-11, 2020. Majority of the positive cases are among males (83%) in the age group 30 – 44 years of age (45%) and 15 – 29 years of age (37%). Most common places of spread are office and household contacts followed by students. Apart from the armed forces, the recent surge was increasingly seen among the younger age group, stated the PD.

The department continues to work towards maintaining optimum facilities for management of moderate and severe COVID-19 patients, however, it is imperative that the general public take equal responsibility in adopting and practising preventive and precautionary measures to check the spread of COVID-19 infection through:

*Self reporting for any COVID-like symptoms: Fever, Cough, Difficulty in Breathing, Loss of Smell/Taste

*Follow the 3Ws (Wear mask, Wash hands, Watch distance) and avoid 3Cs (Crowded places, Close contact setting & Closed and enclosed spaces).

Adherence to safety protocols in offices, market places, public transport, and maintenance of home quarantine/isolation safety measures are of paramount importance to prevent the spread of infection. Familiarity with colleagues, family members, and friends should not lead to complacency as the infection is mainly spread among known contact persons who may have no symptom. Discipline among the young and mobile groups of people in following the safety precautionary measures is important as they are less likely to have symptoms and therefore become less careful but can spread to the high risk individuals (Elderly ≥ 65 years of age, those with other chronic diseases, and people with weaker immunity).

Every citizen and proprietor/management of both public and private establishments must follow the precautionary and preventive measures issued by the Government from time to time to check the transmission of COVID-19.

Any violation of the Government orders on lockdown measures is punishable as per the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act 2005, and the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, it reminded.