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AMK urges H&FW Dept to test all incoming returnees from Chennai, Red Zones

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Dimapur, May 23: The Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK), the apex body of all Angami women has urged the Principal Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare for testing of all incoming returnees from Chennai and other Hotspot areas (Red Zone) for Covid-19.
While appreciating the government authorities and various state government agencies for bringing the children from various parts of the country and especially from Red Zone areas or crossing the said areas, the AMK, in a letter to the Principal Secretary, expressed concern if necessary measures are not taken to contain the disease from spreading to various parts of Nagaland in the event that the disease enters Nagaland through the returnees from the Red Zones.
In the letter, AMK president, Kevinourheno Seyie and general secretary, Shürhivino Nakhro cited studies which showed 80% of the Covid-19 affected population as asymptomatic and hence they could transmit the disease to all their contacts in a mass in the community unknowingly, if testing is not done.
“Should any untested asymptomatic Covid-19 positive patient be sent to other part of the State resulting in community spread, the subsequent cost of testing and treatment of contacts could become explosively overwhelming and prohibitory in terms of both manpower and financial costs apart from loss of lives,” it stated.
The AMK stated that neighbouring states Meghalaya and Manipur have been known to test all State citizens returning from the Red Zones which is a worthy and laudable exercise towards the safety of the people of their respective state as a whole.
“In our context, the fact that Dimapur and Kohima are being made the portal of entry to the various other districts of Nagaland, it is only prudent that all incoming returnees are tested at these portals and only Covid negative be sent to the rest of the districts so as to limit the spread of Covid if any,” the AMK said.
It urged the Government of Nagaland and especially the Department of Health and Family Welfare take all necessary steps and measures to test all the returnees so as to detect the disease in early and asymptomatic stages and thus to safeguard the people of Nagaland.
(Page News Service)