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State Health Dept. announces ‘Mission X5’

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JULY 15: With Nagaland registering the lowest per million population COVID testing in the country, the State’s Health Department has announced ‘Mission X5’ ~ directions and guideline on measures to upscale up COVID-19 testing ~ to facilitate Chief Medical Officers/Medical Superintendents/District Task Forces ramp up COVID-19 testing.

An order containing said directions and guideline was issued on Thursday, stating that ‘Mission X5’ has been developed following the directive by the High Power Committee on COVID-19 to scale up on COVID-19 testing in the State.
“COVID-19 testing in Nagaland is lowest in the country at 1,12,330 per million as compared to the national average of 3,10,790 per million. The number of tests per million of various districts are: Wokha (21,496), Kiphire (41,569), Phek (43,583), Zunheboto (46,642), Longleng (55,707), Tuensang (62,413), Mokokchung (64,244), Mon (77,317), Peren (84,364), Kohima (21,3827) and Dimapur (2,35,632)”, it informed.
According to the Department, positivity rate will be high if the number of positive tests is too high, or if the number of total tests is too low.
“A higher percent positive suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with Coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet. The positivity rate is presently at around 7% in the State with wide inter district variations: Mokokchung (19%), Kohima (15%), Peren (9%), Wokha (7%), Dimapur (6%) and Tuensang (5%) while the remaining districts are less than 5%.

“Hiding or concealing illness from others, refusal to test and withholding or not revealing details of contacts by confirmed cases will only increase spread of the disease to family members, friends, co-workers and others. Low testing, poor health seeking behaviour, low vaccination coverage coupled with not adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviours and flouting quarantine norms, unless effectively tackled would lead to grave consequences”, it stated.
As directed by the HPC, all Chief Medical Officers/Medical Superintendents have been asked to ensure that the COVID-19 testing target assigned to the district is achieved.
(Page News Service)