Kohima, June 26: The Health and Family Welfare Department today started community surveillance in Upper PWD Colony following yesterday’s detection of an NHAK employee and resident of the colony as COVID-19 positive on Thursday.
State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Nyan Kikon said the entire Upper PWD colony has been put under community surveillance since today with frontline workers conducting home to home surveillance.
The detection of NHAK employee as COVID-19 positive being the first patient beyond the quarantine centres in the State, community surveillance has been initiated in order to contain the spread of the virus, he said, adding that subsequent community surveillance in other colonies would also be done depending on the movement record of the patient.
Dr Kikon also informed the swab samples of the close contacts starting with the patient’s family members have been collected and sent for lab testing while results are awaited.
Managing Director of NHAK Dr Thorhusie Katiry said that the patient is a contractual worker of the hospital assigned in the billing section but following the conversion of NHAK into COVID-19 hospital, NHAK is not maintaining any billing counter.
He was therefore not included in the roster duty, which is being followed for the NHAK employees assigned for different works in the COVID-19 hospital, said Dr Katiry.
Nonetheless, the MD said that he used to come to the hospital and engage in some work without the knowledge of the authority and may have contracted the virus from patients who had come for testing.
Dr Katiry said that on suspicion the swab testing of the said employee along with 8-10 others working together with him was done on Wednesday.
Among them only he tested positive, Dr Katiry said, adding that as precautionary measures swab samples of 30 more persons, including hospital staff who came in close contact with the said employee have been sent for testing today while results are awaited.
Asked on why the employee was allowed to work in the COVID-19 hospital and go back home despite order to keep all those on duty within the hospital, Dr Katiry informed that as per the SOP, receptionist do not require to stay back in hospital or nor need be put in quarantine as they have to perform their duty in full protective gears without getting close to the those who have come to give their samples for testing.
Meanwhile, Dr Katiry said following yesterday’s incident the Hospital authorities have issued stringent orders that every worker should follow the highest standard of SOP to the extent that everyone coming to give their samples should be considered as positive unless proved negative through a test.
DC Kohima demarcates containment zone
In view of the detection of COVID-19 positive persons at Upper PWD Colony Kohima, Municipal Ward No. 11, Kohima Deputy Commissioner, Gregory Thejawelie has demarcated the following area as containment zone, in order to contain the spread of the disease/infection with immediate effect.
In an order, the DC said that all movement of persons or vehicles within the defined containment zone/area is strictly restricted and has been put under active surveillance.
The demarcated areas are: Traffic Point PWD junction from NH-61 – NSF Martyrs Park – Chakhesang CRC – Footsteps down to Faith Harvest Church – Footstep to Government High School – PWD Footstep leading to Circular road behind NPWD office – PWD office junction – Back to Traffic Point PWD junction NH-61.(Page News Service)