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Govt. issues SOPs to address Dengue crisis

Dengue crisis
P.Paiwang addressing emergency meeting with regard to dengue in the conference hall of DC Dimapur on 20th September 2023 ( DPRO Dimapur)

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 20: With the surge in number of Dengue cases in Dimapur District, the Government of Nagaland today came out with a set of SOPs to address the crisis.
The SOPs were issued after State Health Minister Paiwang Konyak held an emergency meeting with the District administrations of Dimapur and Chumoukedima, Government medical officials, doctors of private hospitals and other line Departments to take stock of the Dengue situation.
According to a DIPR report, the meeting decided to constitute Dengue Response Team with Paiwang as Chairman and CMO Dimapur as member secretary and members comprising of C&S, H&FW; DCs, CP, Principal Director H&FW, MS, DMC administrator, members of Private Doctors Association. The Dengue Response team will hold meetings time to time till the Dengue situation is contained.
Paiwang also directed for activation of District Task Force immediately.
The meeting also decided for arrangement of contingency plan for patients requiring admission and treatment with regard to Dengue cases. Towards this, CISHR and District Hospital Dimapur agreed to keep 140 beds and 40 beds respectively. It was also decided that Chumoukedima Police Hospital would be activated by Thursday. With regard to manpower requirement, the Health Minister assured that the Government will look into it immediately.
It was also decided for activating a control room in the Directorate of H&FW for getting the latest updates of Dengue cases across the State and Dimapur in particular.
Several doctors stressed on the need for source reduction/preventive measures as the best weapon for mitigating Dengue cases. In this regard, the meeting decided that massive awareness campaigns and cleanliness drives with active participation of the community would be carried out with the initiative of the DCs and health officials.
With regard to platelets, health practitioners informed that even if a young patient’s platelet count goes down to as low as 25,000 but no bleeding and co-morbidity cases, blood transfusion was not required.
Minister Paiwang also informed that presently Dimapur District Hospital has one blood segregation machine while another one will be activated within a few days time, while CISHR and Kohima District hospital has one each.
Paiwang appealed to citizens of the State, especially from Dimapur, not to travel from one place to another till the Dengue situation becomes normal.
As authorized by the Chief Minister of Nagaland for taking stock of the flood situation at Dimapur, Paiwang Konyak was also briefed on the issue by DC, Dimapur, and Administrator, DMC. Paiwang advised immediate action plan to be taken up with the Government.
With regard to encroachment hampering drainage systems, the Minister suggested the matter be appraised to the Government in the form of a report.
(Page News Service)