Kohima, Jun 03 : Nagaland Minister for Planning and Coordination Neiba Kronu has asserted that despite the existence of 49 positive COVID-19 cases, things are under control as 33 patients are asymptomatic and 16 are mild cases, while none are in the high or moderate category.
Delivering the first official media briefing at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Conference Hall in Kohima last evening, Kronu, who is also the Nagaland Government Spokesperson on COVID-19, said till date a total of 3,157 samples have been tested, of which results of 1,789 samples have been received with 49 positive cases. However, results for 1368 samples are awaited. The positive patients are under healthcare in the different COVID hospitals.
Kronu said that the newly reconstituted Higher Power Committee under Chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu and Co-chairman Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton yesterday held a video conference with all the Deputy Commissioners (DC), Superintendent of Police (SP) and Chief Medical Officers (CMO) of the districts to know the various issues and challenges faced in the districts in regard to combating the COVID-19 pandemic and also about the quarantine facilities.
He said during the video conference, the Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the district task force and requested them to continue making efforts to improve the preparedness and ramp up the quarantine facilities in the districts. On returnees of stranded people from other parts of the country, he said till date, 2695 has returned by train and about 221 by buses. Kronu said one train which started from Rajasthan carrying 17 stranded persons will be reaching Guwahati Wednesday morning from where they will be ferried by bus to Dimapur. He also added that another special train with about 1600 stranded persons will leave Bangalore for Dimapur and is expected to arrive on June 5 next.
Nagaland Adviser for Information Technology, Science & Technology and NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon, who has also been appointed as the co-Spokesperson on COVID-19, said that with the challenges of manpower faced by the State health department, the State cabinet has decided to create more posts of health service providers including doctors and nurses. He clarified that though there is a ban on post creation in the State, the Health and Family Welfare Department is excluded from its purview.
On the Government guidelines on lockdown measures, Kikon said the respective deputy commissioner of the districts have to issue their own guidelines as the situation in every district is different. On contact tracing of persons in close contact with the 49 positive patients, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Vizolie Z Suokhrie said, “The advantage is that these people came together and are quarantined in common place so it has been easy to trace those who have been close in touch with the positive patients.” (UNI)