KOHIMA, JULY 23: “Nagaland is way behind when it comes to testing and vaccinations and the death rate is one of the highest in the country”, stated Minister PWD (Housing & Mechanical), Tongpang Ozukum, in-charge of COVID-19, Kohima, at the culmination programme of the week-long sensitization on testing and vaccination on COVID-19 at DPDB Conference Hall, Kohima on July 23.
Highlighting the findings of the team, which was kicked off at Sechii-Zubza on July 16, he said that the response from the stakeholders was encouraging and further expressed hope that the campaign will yield results.
He also thanked the elected legislators from Kohima district, the DC and CMO, Kohima, along with her team and the apex frontal organizations of Kohima district for their constant support and coopereation.
Ozukum also implored the leaders and representatives of Panchayats of various colonies gathered at the culmination programme to continuously disseminate awareness to the public about following COVID-19 appropriate SOPs and the importance of going for testing and vaccination.
Maintaining that the apex organizations have been instrumental in creating the sensitization and awareness not only in urban but in rural areas, he requested the various organizations to continue their support and cooperation to the Government and the DTF.
Ozukum further appealed to the public not to take advantage of their personal rights by spreading misinterpreted news and rumours about vaccine but as intellectuals contribute to spread awareness about the importance of taking vaccination and maintaining COVID-19 SOPs and other safety protocols.
Reminding every individual of his/her responsibility to ensure one’s own safety and the community’s, he requested the public to come out on their own accord and go for test at the earliest if COVID-19 symptoms appear
Speaking at the programme, Chief Medical Officer Vezokholu Theyo maintained that in order to ramp up the percentage of testing, “suggestions have been made to the District Task Force that at least 50 samples are being collected at every testing centre in Kohima.”
Highlighting that 16 people have been tested positive in the last 15 days from 165 testing carried out through Rapid Antigen Test, CMO, Kohima, cautioned the colony representatives present at the meeting to be prepared for micro-containment of an area when notified as “Positive cases detected through RAT is an important parameter for concern since it implies that the people having tested positive through the test means that transmission rate will be very fast if it is not addressed properly.”
DC, Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie also emphasized on the importance of increasing the number of testing to the house. “We need to identify where the virus resides but this is possible only when there is an increase in testing.” In this regard, he implored the house that more attention should be given in the urban municipalities in order to “test, isolate, treat and break the chain of transmission.”
The DC also informed that so far in Nagaland testing is being done through consent and by appealing to the societal obligations of each and every citizen of the state. However, if the number is not satisfactory, the hands of the Government will be forced to invoke the certain provisions and penalties as provided for under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. (Page News Service)