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Efforts being made to augment COVID-19 capacity in Dimapur: Govt

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‘BSL-2 lab to be functional soon’
Dimapur, June 13: After civil societies of Dimapur on Friday expressed displeasure over the management of COVID-19 crisis in the District by the Government, and accused it of taking for granted the silence of the civil societies and its support, the Government of Nagaland on Saturday claimed that earnest efforts are being made to augment the COVID-19 capacity in Dimapur.
In a briefing on the status of COVID-19 in the State, Government spokespersons Minister Neiba Kronu and Advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon said COVID Care Centre (CCC) are being set up for management of asymptomatic positive cases and to decongest the COVID-19 Hospitals.
One CCC at SIHFW, Chumukedima to be managed by CIHSR will be functional in the next 2 days. Further, to augment the capacity of COVID-19 facilities, a 50 bedded COVID-19 Hospital has also been operationalized by the Assam Rifles at ARTC, Shokhuvi, it was informed.
‘BSL-2 lab’
They also informed that infrastructure installation at the BSL-2 lab in Dimapur is in the final stage of completion.
The State Government spokespersons said after the infrastructure installation is completed, the verification and registration process with ICMR will start.
The BSL-2 lab is expected to become functional soon, they said.
‘5 MOs deployed’
To supplement the medical manpower of Dimapur, 5 Medical Officers are being deployed out of the 27 doctors that were recruited recently. Further recruitment is in progress, and more manpower will be deputed as and when recruitment to newly created posts of doctors & nurses takes place, they said.
It was also informed that private hospitals are providing medical manpower in the management of various quarantine centres. Further, many Churches, NGOs and volunteers are selflessly rendering non-medical tasks at various quarantine centres in Dimapur, they informed.
‘2 TrueNat machines’
Informing that the District Hospital, Dimapur already has a TrueNat machine which can test 40 samples per day, it was informed that 2 more Quattro TrueNat machines will be provided to Dimapur district in the next few days to further increase its capacity to test.
As regard the returnees who have exceeded their required period of stay in the institutional quarantine centres in Dimapur, the Government spokespersons said top priority is being accorded for testing and processing for their release.
The State Government again appealed to the citizens and civil society organizations of the State to extend fullest cooperation so that unitedly the State can overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19. (Page News Service)

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