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6 frontline workers test positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland


Kohima, June 25: At least 6 frontline workers have been tested COVID-19 positive. But the good news is Naga patients are being cured by Vitamin-C and Zinc.
Disclosing this during the press briefing today, Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare Department, Dr. Vizolie Suokhrie said frontline workers who were tested positive with COVID-19 included four bus drivers and one receptionist.
But according to sources one police personnel in Mon who was on duty at one of the quarantine centres was tested positive, but his swab has been sent to Diburgarh for further confirmation.
A receptionist at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) tested positive but his condition was stated to be stable. The colony where he stays has been declared a containment zone, but contact tracing has been completed, according to health officials.While in Peren where two inmates of the quarantine centre, one tested positive but so far containment zone has not been declared. Health officials fear that there could be transmission to frontline workers and the people who have come in contact with the escapee.
Dr. Suokhrie said recovery rate in the State is high and the reason could be due to strong immunity system as most of them are between the age group of 20-40 years of age. He said the positive patients are been administered with Vitamin-C and Zinc as most of them are asymptomatic.
Health officials said COVID-19 is a self limiting virus and this can be prevented if people maintain proper hygiene, and most importantly social distancing. They suggested that studies should be carried out on genetic resistance on Naga people.
The Principal Director said not only study on genetic resistance but department is contemplating to embark on social behaviour of returnees, especially from Chennai. Currently most of the positive cases are returnees from Chennai.
He said increase in cases of COVID-19 was also due to unruly behaviour of inmates in the quarantine centres. But he lauded the inmates in Mokokchung and Longleng where discipline is strictly maintained.
So far 80% recovered persons have been discharged.
Dr. Suokhrie said with the installation of TrueNat machines and BSL testing capacity will increase.
“We have to learn to live with coronavirus,” he said, adding that his department will continue to put efforts to create more awareness activities on preventive measures in rural areas. For this purpose he said surveillance teams will be strengthened with the appointment of more doctors and health workers.
On reports of rowdy behaviour by inmates in some quarantine centres, the Principal Director said because of few inmates other people cannot be put at risk and that they should be disciplined.
He said the State Government is taking extra measures to prevent the virus. (Page News Service)