Kohima, May 10 (NEx): The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland on Monday cautioned on action against Travellers and COVID-19 patients for not co-operating with the surveillance teams and violating COVID SOP.
The Deputy Director, Directorate Of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Imkongtemsu Longchar on Monday, May 10th, 2021, said that, some travellers are found to be giving wrong personal information (Phone number, age, address) at the point of entry and to the contact tracing teams which adversely affect the surveillance activities to check the transmission of COVID-19.
The Deputy Director said that it is also observed, some people who already tested positive are found to be running from one laboratory to another for a “retest/confirmation” endangering the community in the process. A positive by any COVID-19 Test (RT-PCR, Truenat and RAT) is a 100% confirmed positive anywhere in the world, he said.
However, there can be false negative tests depending on the sensitivity of the test and the timing of sampling. Such persons are therefore, advised to undergo home isolation or get admitted in private hospital or Government health institution depending upon his/her medical condition, the release said.
Further, the Dy. Director requested the Village Councils/Urban Local Bodies under the supervision of DTF to continue and monitor strict adherence to quarantine norms and to report immediately to the local administrative officers/DTF for taking suitable action for any breach of Quarantine norms by any persons.
The Deputy Director also informed that any person who is tested positive of COVID-19 or is found to be a Close Contact not co-operating with the surveillance teams or not providing information or providing wrong/false information or found withholding information for the purpose of contact tracing or Refusal for COVID-19 testing by any person who have been traced as Close Contact or found indulging in any practices endangering the community, shall be liable for punishment as per the provision of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and other relevant provision of the Laws.