Dimapur, June 10: Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 had a virtual meeting on June 10 under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie.
Minister-in-charge for Kohima district, Tongpang Ozukum along with State Nodal Officer for Kohima district & Secretary PHED, Kesonyü Yhome; CMO Kohima, Dr Vezokholu Theyo; MS NHAK, Dr. Sentimeren Aonok and other DTF members took part in the virtual meeting.
Following the State Government’s decision to extend lockdown till June 18, the DTF decided to issue further lockdown measures to be implemented in the district.
On the request submitted by Kohima Hotel and Restaurant Union (KHRU), the DTF decided to allow for takeaway services; however, in-house dining was not recommended for the time being.
The DTF also decided to take up the matter of shortage of medical doctor in Tseminyu sub-division in consultation with NHAK and CMO.
Regarding oxygen availability in the District, the DTF decided that the nominated district level Nodal Officer will take care of all oxygen related issues and coordinate with the zonal depot, and ensure oxygen consumption and stock availability at all times.
On Oxygen Audit Committee constitution, Dr. Sentimeren informed that the committee was formulated as per the directive given by the Government. He also gave an update on oxygen situation at NHAK and informed that the oxygen generation plant has started, and through the central pipeline, oxygen has been supplied to the patients admitted in ICU and also in COVID ward.
During the meeting, DC informed that the medical team has been ramping up the vaccination drive across the District with 42 COVID Vaccination Centres from Monday to Friday, and outreach session covering all the villages which has not been covered so far.
It will also start in urban area from June 11 by CMO team and vaccination team reaching all eligible beneficiaries, DC said and hoped for good response from the public, especially from the age group of 18-44 years.
Dr. Sentimeren also gave an update on COVID status at NHAK, where he informed that in the last one or two weeks, the number of asymptomatic cases has been gradually declining.
He informed that currently 14 patients with mild symptomatic have been admitted to COVID ward, and 6 in ICU, with 3 on ventilator.
Dr. Sentimeren also informed that from their observation and clinical studies, all the patients admitted in ICU and fatalities were non-vaccinated patients.
Some positive patients coming with co-morbidities but vaccinated were found with mild symptoms who recovered faster than expected, he said and added that the DTF along with CMO conducting the ongoing vaccination drive was a positive way of tackling this illness.
On the ongoing vaccination drive, DIO Dr. Rupert informed that 200 slots will be opened every day for urban areas from Monday to Friday starting next week, where online registration will be opened for 3,000 slots on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Outreach session in urban areas and blocks will continue with onsite registration, he added. (Page News Service)