State receives first consignment of PPE goods
Dimapur, March 28: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said his Government is taking all measures in regard to procuring medical safety gears, ventilators and other urgent necessities. He informed that the first consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) goods has arrived, while the second consignment will be arriving on Monday with the aid of the air force.
“The welfare and protection of the people including the healthcare professionals, police personnel, media personnel and others who are on the front lines will be our priority. Therefore, medication, equipment and safety measures are being put in place for the safety of the general public and medical workers,” he said.
Giving a briefing on COVID-19 through the platform of social media today at the Chief Minister’s official residence, Rio informed that Nagaland has 16 ventilators, 1712 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 551 numbers of N95 Masks, and 16 cardiac monitors which have further been distributed to various districts. He mentioned that the State has received medical equipment consignment totaling 1536 which includes Triple Layer Mask, PPE, BD Universal Viral Transport and swab sticks.
Further, additional medical equipment and accessories totaling 2,16, 800 is expected very soon. In addition, 33 more ventilators are also expected by the coming week. Constant efforts are being made to expedite delivery of such essential medical equipment and accessories with the help of Government of India, he said.
The Chief Minister informed that the Health Department has till now made available 173 isolation beds for COVID -19 cases. This is in addition to 175 isolation beds in identified COVID-19 Hospitals. Further, the number of quarantine facilities has been increased to 1043 in the State and continuous efforts are being made to increase it further.
On the State’s status, Rio said as on Saturday afternoon (4 pm), a total of 3076 people including students who have returned from outside the State from March 6, 2020 onwards have self reported to the respective District Surveillance Teams and are under home quarantine. Out of 18 samples that have been sent for testing, results for 13 were negative and the remaining 5 results are awaited.
A total of 24,569 phone calls have been received through our Health Helpline Numbers as of 2 pm today.
Rio also reiterated that the lock down is not intended to restrict the flow of essential goods and commodities. The movement of essential goods and commodities including POL has not been restricted in any manner and the position of their availability continues to be normal and comfortable, he said.
The chief minister also appealed to the Union Home Minister and all the Chief Ministers of states in India to provide assistance to any Nagas that may be stranded in their states. He urged the stranded Nagas to keep in touch with Nagaland houses around the country, and informed that funds have been released to them to take care of their needs.
Rio further appealed everyone to come together at this crucial juncture and play our part to “prevent, track, trace and treat” the pandemic.
Social distancing is the need of the hour which we must practice it with utmost seriousness, he added.
(Page News Service)