DTF advised to promote home isolation of asymptomatic cases
Dimapur, August 24: Nagaland health authorities have asked Dimapur District Task Force for COVID-19 to release all private hotels requisitioned and in use as institutional quarantine centers (IQC) and COVID Care Centres (CCC) at the earliest and to continue the institutional quarantine facilities and CCC in Government buildings as far as possible.
This, the health department said, is to effectively and optimally utilize resources and to sustain resource for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a communiqué to DC Dimapur & Chairman, District Task Force (DTF), the Principal Director of State Health & Welfare Department, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie encouraged the DTF to promote home isolation of asymptomatic confirmed cases.
More than 80% of confirmed cases in Nagaland are asymptomatic and can be managed in home settings as they can look after themselves, he said.
The principal director also encouraged the DTF Dimapur to expand paid QC in the district.
Mentioning that there are many Government buildings in Ganeshnagar, he urged the DTF Dimapur to examine the feasibility to use the buildings there. Buildings which are already in use should be reserved for IQC for returnees, in-bound travelers, contact traced, lodging of personnel managing the QCs, State police personnel including those returning to the State, he said.
Dr Suokhrie, however, suggested that the other buildings in the complex can be used as IQC and CCC for Armed Forces personnel.
The new DC office complex Chumukedima, ITI Kushaibill and NEZCC to be used as CCC, he said, adding the DTF may also examine expansion of CCC capacities at Agri Expo, if necessary.
The principal director also asked the DTF Dimapur to identify a suitable place for management of COVID-19 confirmed cases, both asymptomatic and symptomatic, of under trial prisoners.
Plans to convert SFWTC Chumukedima to COVID Hospital
Meanwhile, State health authorities have been put in place plans to convert the State Family Welfare Training Centre (SFWTC) at Chumukedima to COVID-19 Hospital to enable reversion of the District Hospital Dimapur from COVID Hospital for delivery of essential services.
The SFWTC Chumukedima in presently functioning as a COVID Care Centre.
Dr Suokhrie said the expected requirement for the proposed conversion of SFWTC to COVID Hospital Dimapur is to expand the present capacity, which is about 70 beds, as lodging of the cases in single rooms is not necessary; to set up labour roor; set up 15-20 bedded ICU, COVID OT, post operative ward, laboratory, etc.
The principal director asked the Dimapur District health authority to prepare detail plan along with financial implication and upon discussion in the DTF submit the proposal to the PD through DTF on or before August 30.
(Page News Service)