Virus cannot be spread through parcels from China: Pangnyu
Kohima, February 8: In Nagaland, altogether 42 persons arriving from China and affected countries of Novel Corona Virus are under surveillance while seven persons have been advised and kept under home isolation.
Replying to concern raised by Opposition leader, TR Zeliang during the assembly session here Saturday, Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom said that so far no confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the State.
Those under surveillance and under home isolation are monitored regularly, twice a day as per standard protocol, he informed.
“There are no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus in Nagaland while regular review is being carried out by the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Chief Secretary,” he said.
He highlighted that a State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre with command centre has been operationalized since January 28 last while daily surveillance reports are being dispatched to the Central Surveillance Unit, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
He said that district surveillance units and rapid response teams have been activated and are on maximum alert.
A total of 25 isolation beds in public hospitals have been identified and kept ready and the department is working in close coordination with private hospitals in the State, he said.
The Minister also informed that screening of passengers arriving at Dimapur airport are being done regularly since January 30 last while advisories on 2019 nCoV are being regularly being published in local dailies and social media.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang calling the attention of the Minister on the matter said that the Corona virus has entered the Southern part of the country and Nagaland is also vulnerable to such disease as “we are easily accessible to China through Myanmar as the clothes and edible items are coming from there through Myanmar”.
He also suggested screening of passengers entering the state through road transports coming from China via Myanmar and Manipur to Nagaland.
He also highlighted the fear of the people that the virus could even be transmitted through the bulk of clothes being imported from China.
To this the Minister informed that the virus cannot be spread through packages of clothes and parcels from China.
(Page News Service)