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No plans for second lockdown in Nagaland yet: Health official

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Dimapur, April 12: Nagaland Government has ruled out the possibility of imposing another lockdown in the State for now, according to a report in The Northeast Today on Monday.

“As of date, we have few cases and, we hope that with the increased surveillance, testing and also responsible behaviour, we will contain the spread of the virus,” the report quoted Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Amardeep Singh Bhatia, as saying.
He said that the department has reviewed the preparedness for tackling the second wave of COVID if it comes.
“We have reviewed the availability of oxygen, medicines, and the preparedness of our medical officers to deal with the situation. We have instructed all our medical officers to take part in the weekly webinar on the national treatment protocols organised by AIIMS,” he added.
Bhatia informed that the department has directed all District Task Forces to have weekly meetings and review the progress.
They are also conducting random testing drives, especially in the high-risk areas and, also focusing on the taxi, bus and auto drivers, Bhatia informed.
He also pointed out that there is hesitancy among the people to get tested “because of the stigma that is attached”.
“On account of this, we directed the districts to carry out testing randomly at sensitive spots. The aim is to carry out testing, both using contact tracing in such a manner so that we can have a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent,” he added.

Bhatia also raised concerns over the low turnout of people taking the COVID vaccine, stating that people are still hesitant to come forward because of rumours and false prophecies about the vaccine not being safe.
He said that the Health department has taken various steps and measures to ensure that the percentage of the vaccination drive picks up. (Page News Service)