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Commissioning of BSL-2 lab at Dimapur to take another 15-20 days

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Dimapur, June 1: The ongoing work for the bio-safety level-2 (BSL-2) laboratory at Dimapur is likely to take another 15 to 20 days before it is commissioned.
Presenting the status of BSL-2 at Dimapur in a meeting of the District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19, DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi said it will take another 15 to 20 days or so to get it commissioned.
The DC informed that there was no positive cases detected during the last 24 hours and observed that situation will be fine. Informing that all positive patients are stable and healthy, Anoop advised people not to panic but to be discipline and sincerely follow social distancing, hand hygiene and to mandatorily wear mouth covering nose and mouth.
Anoop said that the most important task was to contain the spread in the quarantine centers with strict protocols. Emphasizing on the importance of sanitizing the quarantine centers and Agri Expo, Anoop assured all logistic support if required.
Briefing on the status of quarantine centers, the DC Dimapur informed that presently there are 46 quarantine centers at Dimapur with 4085 beds. Further, the quarantine center at Ganeshnagar will be able to accommodate 1000 returnees, DC informed.
Chief Medical officer Dimapur, Dr Tia Pongener informed the members that presently they are focusing on the passengers of Chennai train and trying to isolate the inmates. As of now, 189 of them have been shifted in the isolation centers and kept in separate rooms with attached bathroom. Dr Tia felt the need for encouraging and motivating people in the isolation centers for avoiding community transmission.
DMC Dimapur, Albert Ezung informed the members that besides carrying out the normal routine of collection and disposal of garbage, sanitization team has been undertaking additional responsibilities. This is in view of the fact that sanitation is directly related to public health and so there is no compromise, he said. He also informed that all the 46 quarantine centers are sprayed with disinfectant before and after the returnees occupation. Further, waste is also collected from all the quarantine centers, he informed.
MS Dimapur, Dr Kheshito informed that presently 25 positive COVID-19 patients are admitted at Dimapur COVID hospital. He felt the urgent need for purchasing dialysis machine and for installing the same at Dimapur COVID Hospital. Further, MS Dimapur highlighted on the urgent requirements for another COVID-19 Hospital at Dimapur.
The members also deliberated on the need for creating more awareness amongst the public for following the 3 golden rules to contain the pandemic. (Page News Service)