News bulletin on April 01, 2020- Latest Nagaland news

Kohima, April 01 (NE): News bulletin from various sources and press releases by NagalandExpress on April 01, 2020 are as follows:

1. Exposing identity of COVID-19 affected people to be penalized

In exercise of the powers conferred by the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897, clause no. 13 ‘ it is notified that no individual/institution/organization will use any print or electronic media for information regarding COVID-19 without prior permission’ from recognized authority.

During the current crisis situation of COVID-19 pandemic, it has been observed that the identity of people affected by the disease or suspected to be positive are exposed and circulated in social media which could lead to stigmatization, and mental trauma.

Therefore, in reference to the Penalty clause of Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations. 2020 (Clause 21); anyone who exposes the identity of COVID-19 affected people through sharing of bio-data or photo in various print and electronic media, shall be penalized under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 (45 of 1860), a DIPR report stated.

2. Number of Coronavirus cases rise to 1466 in India

The Number of coronavirus cases rise to 1466 in India as on Wednesday, April 01, 2020, 08:30 pm. Out of the total cases, 132 patients have been cured and discharged. Death toll rises to 38, says ICMR.

3. Dimapur district hospital identified as COVID-19 hospital

In exercise of the powers conferred by the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897, the Department of Health & Family Welfare has informed that Dimapur District Hospital has been identified as COVID-19 hospital. Therefore, the following alternative arrangements are prepared for the convenience of patients:

-No new patients will be admitted in DH Dimapur, until further notice.

-All existing in-patients in DH Dimapur requiring further hospitalization are to be shifted to the under mentioned hospitals, provided they can be safely moved:

a. Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research.
b. Eden Medical Centre.
c. Zion Hospital and Research Centre.
d. Nikos Hospital and Research Centre.
e. Nagaland Multi-specialty Health and Research Centre.

-All patients requiring emergency healthcare, henceforth will be taken up the above mentioned hospitals.

-District Health Authority will make arrangement for providing OPD services in various government health institutions like Urban Primary Health Centre Burma Camp, Urban Primary Health Centre Duncan, Primary Health Centre Chumukedima, and Police Referral Hospital Chumukedima.

-All suspected COVID-19 cases or flu-like symptoms from any private hospital or public health centre will be referred to the COVID-19 Hospital for screening.

-Medical expenditure for existing in-patients shifted from DH Dimapur and new emergency patients will be worked out with the respective hospitals.

-The above mentioned treating hospital will be empanelled under AB-PMJAY if not yet empanelled. Free benefit will be provided to AB-PMJAY beneficiaries as per guideline.

For any query, contact: State Control Room: 9099607609/7085444710.

4. COVID-19 free telephonic counseling services

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the need to support the holistic well-being of a person particularly under Quarantine Facility and Home Observation, the Department of Health & Family Welfare has informed that the All Nagaland Counsellors Association (ANCA) will render free telephonic counseling services.

As the lockdown has the potential to adversely affect the mental wellbeing of the general public, the facility will be opened to the public on a voluntary basis.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare Nagaland will facilitate the people in quarantine or isolation or anyone requiring counseling service with ANCA. Therefore, any person requiring telephonic counseling service may send the following request message given below through WhatsApp to the number: 7005 25 1298, which will be passed on to ANCA to reach out to the clients:

-Age/ Gender:
-Place of calling:
-Presenting problem or reason in brief:

The timing for counseling will be as follows:

a. Clients at Quarantine Facility (CQF) – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

b. Clients in Home Quarantine (CHQ) – 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

c. Anyone requiring Counseling – 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

5. Deputy Chief Minister contributes PPE for Wokha district

Deputy Chief Minister, Nagaland, Y. Patton in order to meet the immediate requirements, contributed 4 (four) thousand face masks and 1500 plus hand sanitizers which was handed to the District Administration on April 01, 2020. He also informed that one cargo from Delhi has already reached our state for distribution in the entire district. He was accompanied by Advisor for Horticulture & Border Affairs Mhathung Yanthan and MLA, Dr.Chumben Murry visited Wokha district to take first-hand information about the preparedness level undertaken in the district.

During his visit, Patton appreciated the commendable job done by District Administration, Medical Department, Police, NGOs and Civil Societies to combat against the fight for COVID-19

6. DC Tuensang issues order on exemptions

Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has issued an order that the following items /activities under Tuensang District jurisdiction are exempted from the purview of the Lock down with regard to COVID – 19 prevention:

– Agencies engaged in the procurement of agriculture products including MSP operations.

– Shops of fertilizers.

– Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field.

– Intra state movement of harvester and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements.

DC also permitted the vehicular movement of anganwadi workers under Tuensang District to facilitate their functionaries to collect foodstuff from respective ICDS project offices.

7. ADC Noklak informs on grant in aid

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Noklak, M. Chaitanya Prasad, IAS, on April 01, 2020 informed on release of Grant-in-Aid to VDB under Noklak sub-Division. ADC stated that, as per the memorandum, No. RD/VDB-GIA -33/2017 (pt-I) dated Kohima, March 28, 2020, State Government has released 50% of VDB households Grant – in Aid for current financial year 2019-20.

ADC also mentioned that, villagers are allowed to utilize these funds mainly to address needs of village by way of setting up quarantine homes and for procurement of basic necessities in view of COVID-19 outbreak.

(With inputs from DIPR )