No ‘community transmission’ in Nagaland; Health Dept. expresses concern over surge in COVID cases

No “community transmission” of COVID-19 in Nagaland; Health Department expresses concern over surge in COVID cases
(Principal Director, H&FW, Dr Vizolie Suokhrie alongwith other officials during a press briefing on October 28 | Photo: DIPR)

Kohima, October 28 (NEx): The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland, reasserted that there is no “community transmission” of COVID-19 in Nagaland, even though there is “community spread” and asked the public not to be confused with the two terms.

In a press briefing held at the Directorate of Health and Family, today, October 28, 2020, the Principal Director, H&FW, Dr. Vizolie Suokhrie expressed concern over the surge of COVID-19 cases in the State particularly in Kohima and Dimapur.

Dr. Vizolie said that the number of positive cases was stable till August. However, towards the end of September and beginning of October, there has been a spike in the number of positive cases and in the number of symptomatic cases. He also said that there has been an increase in mortality rate during this period.

With the process of Unlock, Dr Vizolie said that people have become complacent and have stopped following proper measures such as wearing of masks and maintenance of social distance. Many people are resisting and reluctant for testing and they report very late about their symptoms, only at the later stage when it gets serious, he added.

Dr Vizolie also informed that re-infection is possible for people who have recovered from COVID-19 and asked them not to be complacent. With the onset of winter, the situation will get more serious if the public become complacent. He also expressed deep concern over big gatherings such as weddings and other festivities.

The Department reasserted that there is no “community transmission”, even though there is “community spread” and asked the public not to be confused with the two terms. The problem of stigmatization and discrimination is still prevalent and Dr Vizolie expressed concern over the issue.

The Principal Director stressed on the importance of early testing and diagnosis. There is no definitive treatment and prevention is the best weapon, he added.

Dr Vizolie appealed to the public to strictly follow the preventive measures of regular hand washing, physical distancing and wearing of masks. He also asked the public to strictly observe the various SOPs issued by the Government and reminded that the fight against COVID-19 is a “collective social responsibility”. Dr Vizolie was assisted by other officials of the department during the press briefing.