Dimapur, August 7: New Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan IAS on Friday was open to calibrated reopening of Dimapur town.
Commenting on suggestion from DTF member on lifting the lockdown at Dimapur, the DC Dimapur, chairing the first Dimapur Task Force for COVID-19 meeting today after taking over as DC Dimapur, said calibrated reopening of Dimapur will be chalked out as per the suggestions of the members. He directed DMC administrator for forming a sub-committee under his convenership and for chalking out a plan best suited in the local context.
The subcommittee will put up a proposal of calibrated reopening of the markets and put up to the DTF.
In the meeting, the DC explained and highlighted the latest SOPs issued by the Government of Nagaland on August 4&5. He impressed upon the members to avoid unnecessary panic but at the same time take all required precautions. He also advised the members to sensitize the people so that issues of stigma and discrimination are avoided. Commissioner Police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo reminded that DTF Dimapur was the highest governing body of the district and urged the members to work as a team.
MS Dimapur, Dr Kuveduyi Theyo said the present SOP has been framed very wisely and observed that workload of medical personnel will be lighter as far as COVID was concerned, and expressed that the hospitals will be able to prioritize emergency cases.
CMO Dimapur, Dr Mereninla Senlem shared on the need for more manpower as far as surveillance and contact tracing work was concern. In surveillance work, anyone from non medical background can also help, she added. She asserted that COVID is not only medical problem but a collective problem and said that civil societies have a big role in it.
Clarifying the apprehension of some CSOs members, Deputy CMO, Dr Antoly informed that although initially the COVID positive cases of para military forces were housed in the COVID hospital Dimapur, presently there are no security personnel in District Hospital Dimapur since the past one month as they have all been shifted to their own centers.
Director CISHR, Dr Sedevi opined that dead bodies need not be tested for ascertaining COVID status, mentioning that it was just “wastage of time.” He also suggested for providing Truenat to all the private hospitals, through PPP mode by signing a MoU. In this regard, DC Dimapur said that he will discuss with the Medical Department and put up to the Government.
In the meeting, many expressed concern on the issue of harassment and barring of medical personnel and other frontline workers in their colonies/villages.
Winding up the meeting, the DC thanked the members for the inputs and suggestions and informed that follow up action will be initiated by convening a meeting at the earliest. (Page News Service)