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Dimapur, March 26: Minister Health & Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom along with senior government officials apprised the Union Health Minister, Dr. Harshvardhan about the status and preparedness of the state for Novel Coronavirus during the video conferencing of all state health ministers and other senior officials at NIC Secretariat today.
While interacting, the Minister said that the state has been actively continuing surveillance for contact tracing and imposition of strict home quarantine. So far, 2192 individuals who have entered Nagaland in the last 2-3 weeks are presently under surveillance. He mentioned that dedicated hospitals have been established at Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung and isolation wards have also established in the remaining 8 district hospitals.
Designated quarantine facilities have established in all districts with provision for expansion if situation demands, he said.
Phom also mentioned that 8 samples have already sent for testing out of which 5 were tested negative and results of 3 are still awaited. He also stated that there is no designated laboratory on Nagaland for Covid-19 testing. As such, he urged the Minister to support Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) laboratory at the earliest for testing.
The minister also said that the consignment in regard to PPE, N-95 Mask and other logistics are stuck up at various places like Delhi border, Haryana, Chennai and Maharashtra which needs to be facilitated immediately since there is acute shortage of these items in the state during the video conferencing.
(Page News Service)