KOHIMA, JUNE 11: Albeit the dip in the number of COVID positive cases at Dimapur and Kohima districts, rural Nagaland is witnessing an increase in the number of COVID cases, said the Principal Director of Health & Family Welfare, Neikhrielie Khimiao while addressing media personnel at the launch of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) at PHC Kohima Village on Friday.
He maintained that rise in the number of cases in rural Nagaland may be due to the ignorance of the people migrating from the capital and the commercial hub to their respective districts. “Due to the ignorance of the villagers in the remote areas the spread might have taken place and for which even if the number is coming down in Dimapur and Kohima, the other districts, especially the rural areas are registering an increase in the number of cases”, he said.
While it is confirmed that the number is increasing in rural Nagaland, it is not to the extent where it can be categorized as an ‘Alarming Situation'”, he added.
The Principal Director said, “Districts like Mon and Zunheboto have seen some degree of reduction of cases in recent times but I cannot say for sure that it will not aggravate, for which we are taking all precautions and measures for prevention and spread of the deadly virus.”
He also said that there is a changing cycle in the spread of the virus and the State have witnessed more deaths in the second wave than the first wave and further cautioned people to be more careful and prepared for the impending third wave.
As per the announcement of free vaccination by the Government of India, the Department is planning out the best strategy to accelerate the vaccination drive.
The Principal Director further appealed to the people to follow all SOPs and to come forward and get vaccinated as it is the only solution to battle the deadly Coronavirus.
(Page News Service)