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DC Dimapur warns of action against colony/villages barring entry/exit of COVID-19 workers

Dimapur, April 20: Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS has expressed very serious concern over the continued barring of entry/exit of people working in the frontline/providing essential services by several colonies/villages despite repeated appeals made by the Dimapur district administration.
In a meeting of the Dimapur District Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in the DC’s conference hall here, the DC warned that strict action will be initiated and cases would be registered against those obstructing movement of the frontline workers. He also encouraged frontline workers to report any such instances.
Reminding that social organizations have very important role during such situations, Anoop Kinchi appealed to the NGOs, GBs/village councils to sensitize and educate the people in their respective colonies/villages. “Instead of people guarding the village/colonies in groups, it is always better to stay at home and maintain social distance and be safe,” he advised.
Echoing the same line, CMO and MS Dimapur also expressed concern with regard to barring of medical workers by the villages/colonies.
Since Dimapur District Hospital has been converted into COVID-19 hospital, patients with other health problems have to depend on the private hospitals. However, private hospitals are finding it hard to function, as their workers are facing movement problems and if this continues, private hospitals will be bound to close down. Than what will happen to the other patients, rued CMO Dimapur.
COVID 19 being a new disease, the members felt that people need to be sensitized more in order to remove apprehensions about burial in case of death of COVID-19 patients. In this regard, CMO Dimapur explained the protocol of burial of such cases to the members so that people can be educated on the issue.
The CMO clarified that dead bodies after being disinfected by the medical team can be taken by the relatives for burial or cremation. The only restriction is that the dead body should not be touched by the family members. Once all burial protocols are followed, there is nothing to worry, CMO clarified.
The meeting also decided that wholesale system will continue in Dimapur till further orders.
The DC Dimapur appreciated and expressed satisfaction over the manner in which lockdown has been enforced presently in Dimapur and said all precautionary measures are being taken to contain coronavirus. Further, he said Dimapur COVID-19 Hospital is fully geared up, equipped, and ready to take patients. With cooperation from all sectors, we will definitely be able to defeat COVID-19, he said. (Page News Service)