H&FW Dept. Urges Scaling Up of COVID-19 Testing to Avoid Deaths & Lockdowns

H&FW Dept. Urges Scaling Up of COVID-19 Testing to Avoid Deaths & Lockdowns

Kohima, July 11 (NEx): The Department of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), Government of Nagaland in its weekly bulletin notified on the importance on scaling up of testing for COVID-19 to avoid deaths & lockdowns.

The department informed that Nagaland has one of the lowest testing rates in the country mainly attributed to reluctance in naming contacts by a positive case and symptomatic people not coming forward for testing. Stigma around Covid-19 has been detrimental to the whole process. We are in the middle of a pandemic and anyone with fever, cold, cough etc should be treated as Covid-19 positive unless tested and proven otherwise, it said.

The H&FW department said that unless we come forward and test, the virus will continue to circulate in the community and cause surge in cases or deaths, when the right conditions are met. It also stated that lockdowns will continue and people will face economic hardships and warned that a person could be the link in the transmission leading to cases and deaths and new variants will come up and circulate undetected, if not tested.

“Knowing your COVID-19 status is extremely critical to monitor your health and symptoms as ‘TIMING’ of medical interventions is the difference between life and death in COVID-19 management. Even in Children, more serious complications like MIS-C can be diagnosed and managed more effectively if COVID-19 status of the child is known’’, the health department stated.

The bulletin also recorded that the Weekly Sample Positivity rate has
gone down to 6% but Kohima, Mokokchung and Wokha reported
weekly positivity rate of more than 10% and 30 deaths were reported from Home Isolation in the second wave.

The most common presenting Symptom among confirmed COVID cases is fever (68%), cough (47%), followed by difficulty in breathing, loss of smell, bodyache etc. The department informed that anyone with such symptoms should be immediately isolated and tested.