Kohima, May 25: Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today convened a high level meeting to take stock of the situation after three persons were tested COVID-19 positive.
Rio had convened the emergency meeting of his cabinet and top State Government officials to take stock of the overall scenario, at a COVID-19 War Room. It was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton and Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy.
Earlier today after the official announcement of the three persons being tested COVID-19 positive by Principal Secretary, Menukhol John, Chief Minister Rio, through his twitter, urged people not to panic.
“We need to handle it with utmost care and responsibility. Necessary actions of contact tracing and containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored,” he said. He expressed gratitude to various organizations, churches and individuals who have come forward to provide assistance in the quarantine centres.
“The community support is encouraging and exemplifies the spirit and solidarity needed in battling the pandemic,” he said.
The three positive persons are returnees from Chennai. They have been shifted to COVID-19 hospitals.
Health & Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom said the three persons tested positive are now undergoing treatment at DHD and Chedema, Kohima and their condition is stable and all contact tracing are in progress.
A senior Government official asked people not to panic as Government is prepared to tackle the situation.
Health & Family Welfare Minister said the three samples tested positive on May 25 and the report was received at around 5:36 am. The samples were tested at Kohima BSL-3 Lab. He said out of the three positive cases, two positive cases – one 20-years old male and a 23-years old female are from Dimapur, while a 26-years old male is from Kohima district.
“All the three positive cases travelled from Chennai to Dimapur on 19th May 2020 on the special shramik express and reached Dimapur on 22nd May 2020,” Pangnyu said.
He said on arrival at the Agri Expo, during the medical screening, the female case was found having symptoms and was directly sent to isolation ward at COVID-19 Hospital and upon confirmation of her result was shifted to the COVID Ward at COVID-19 Hospital. For the male, since he did not have symptoms on arrival, he was sent to a quarantine centre. But he developed symptoms so he was brought to COVID-19 hospital isolation ward for sample collection and the result was positive. The Minister said the other male positive patient was sent directly to Kohima from the railway station upon arrival.
Pangnyu said as per contact tracing by district surveillance team Dimapur, it was learnt that two of the positive cases were sitting adjacent to each other in the coach. “The two cases have been admitted in COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur, while the other male patient is admitted in COVID-19 hospital Kohima. All patients are now stable and undergoing treatment,” he added.
He said district surveillance units have intensified their surveillance activities and contact tracing has started since 7 am today, adding that massive exercise of testing for all passengers of the special train will be done according to risk assessment. (Page News Service)