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Dimapur, March 25: There is no positive case of the COVID-19 in Nagaland so far out of 8 samples sent for testing. Out of the eight samples sent, five were negative while results of three samples are awaited.
Principal Director, State Health & Family Welfare, Dr.Vizolie Z Suokhrie said as precautionary measures 1543 individuals are under home quarantine. So far, 22723 individuals have been screened in the State (5433 at the Airport and 17290 at Railway Station and on roads/checkgates).
Dr Suokhrie informed that Dimapur Tourist Lodge has been identified and designated as Quarantine Centre for the District, and the District Hospital designated as COVID-
19 Hospital. In Kohima, designated Quarantine Centres have been identified, and Chedema AYUSH Hospital as the COVID-19 Hospital. NHAK will also be converted to COVID-19 Hospital as and when the situation demands.
He said COVID-19 Hospitals will exclusively examine and treat cases for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) and Influenza-like Infection (ILI).
The Principal Director clarified that there is no testing centre in the State due to lack of Bio-Safety level laboratory anywhere in the State both in Government and private establishment. The samples are collected in all the District Hospitals and sent in a special Viral Transport Medium (VTM) to the designated lab, identified by Government of India.
All the District Superintendent of Police have identified specific vehicles to transfer the samples to the labs at the earliest.
Dr.Vizolie Z Suokhrie appealed to the public not to spread rumours and to verify any news/ information with the concerned District authority.
(Page News Service)