Dimapur, July 20: The Dimapur district administration has decided to manufacture washable cotton masks in collaboration with women group, police and civil societies to be distributed free of cost, particularly to those who cannot afford to buy disposable masks daily.
This was decided in a meeting of the Dimapur District Task Force held on Monday to deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic in Dimapur district under the chairmanship of DC Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS.
In the meeting, DC Dimapur emphasized on the need for proper disposal of medical waste generated at home so as to avoid spread of COVID-19 and entrusted DMC for devising a special mechanism. The members also recommended to the higher authority for Truenat testing in all private hospitals and also for antigen tests to at least the high risk group of people.
DC Dimapur while informing that doctors were working for contact tracing to avoid community transmission, appealed to the citizens to always follow guidelines to stay away from the virus.
The meeting decided that shop timing will continue from 9 am to 2 pm and appealed to shopkeepers as well as the shoppers to adhere to the lockdown guidelines. It cautioned that shopkeepers and public who do not wear masks will continue to be penalized and defaulters who repeatedly flout the guidelines will be taken more stringent action.
Deputy CMO, Dr Antoly reminded that it was the responsibility of one and all and the colony/ village elders for creating more awareness and to follow up the programmes. She felt that we need to adapt to the situation and change our lifestyle by maintaining social distance, wearing masks and following hand hygiene besides being vigilant.
In the meeting, members including Director CISHR Dr Sedevi, DCCI official Shikuto Achumi and several others felt the need for continuing extensive community training for creating social awareness. The meeting decided that the training programme conducted in collaboration with CISHR will continue and announcements through PA system will also be intensified covering the colonies and villages.
The meeting was attended by CP Dimapur, DMC administrator and all other members of DTF Dimapur.
(Page News Service)