No cases of COVID-19 found in the state; 245 persons under surveillance

(Principal Director Health and Family Welfare Nagaland, Dr. Viizolie Z Suokhrie addressing the media at Kohima | AIR Kohima)

Kohima, March 09 (NE): Principal Director Health and Family Welfare Nagaland, Dr. Viizolie Z Suokhrie has clarified all rumors being circulated in media on COVID-19 detected in the state. Also notifies on the selling of surgical masks and hand sanitizers.

Addressing media persons at Kohima today, Dr. Suokhrie said no suspects were detected so far, no samples sent for testing from Nagaland for Covid19 till today, March 09, 2020. He said though COVID-19 is spreading fast which is a concern, however one can avoid the disease or any flu infection by maintaining personal hygiene.

Universal screening of all passengers arriving at Dimapur airport has started since February 07, 2020. Till Sunday, March 08, 2020, 245 persons from the state with travel history to china and affected countries are on surveillance, in which five people are under home quarantine, he added.

Highlighting on the state’s preparedness to tackle COVID-19, he said all surveillances and control measures against the possible spread of the disease have been strengthened and Public Health Emergency centre with Command centre has been operationalised in the state since 28th January.

Dr. Suokhrie also informed that District Surveillance Units and Rapid Response Teams are on maximum alert and vigil. He said more than 60 isolation beds are kept ready in any suspected cases while personal protection equipments, N95 mask and hand held thermal screening have been provided to all the districts.

Health and family welfare department directs all the medicine dealers both retailers and wholesalers within the jurisdiction of Nagaland, that the selling of surgical mask and hand sanitizer should be as per the MRP fixed by the national pharmaceutical pricing authority, government of India, in compliance of the drugs (price control) order 2013 and not otherwise.

It further states that any dealers found charging beyond the approved MRP shall be liable for prosecution under section- 7 of the essential commodities act 1955 and under appropriate section of the drugs and cosmetic act 1940 and rules 1945.

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