No coronavirus cases in Nagaland
Dimapur, Feb. 18 (EMN): Minister for Health and Family Welfare S Pangnyu Phom has assured that there were no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, even though 94 persons with travel history to China and affected countries were under surveillance.
Phom was speaking to media person at a press conference in Dimapur on Tuesday.
“The state government has been updating every minute and is alert and prepared if any situation should arise in regard to the coronavirus,” said Phom and added that out of the 94 persons, 15 have been ‘advised and kept under home isolation and monitored twice daily’.
Phom informed that since a major portion of the state shares borders with Myanmar, the department along with the chief medical officer (CMO) and district administrations have taken all precautionary measures.
“If any case is reported, the government will take immediate corrective measure and public will be informed,” assured Phom.
The press conference was also attended by the deputy director of the department, Nyan Kikon where he urged persons with travel history to China and affected countries from January 15 to ‘self-declare and report to the department’.
Further, it was also informed that Nagaland is the first state to maintain a special surveillance system portal (SSSP) for COVID-19 in the country, which was activated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
It was informed that state public health emergency operations centre with command centre has also been operationalised on January 28, 2020.
Kikon also informed that daily surveillance reports are sent to CSU and GoI, and rapid response teams have been activated and are on high alert.
A total of 52 isolation beds and hand-held thermal screeners are present all across the state in district hospitals, Rangapahar military hospital, Jakhama military hospital and CIHSR.
‘It is a new disease without any vaccines or medicines for it but there is 100% surveillance and all measures have been taken for any situation that may arise in regard to COVID-19,’ said Kikon.
Contact numbers at which citizens can report or ‘self-declare’ are 7005415243, 9856071745 and 7005539653. Email: email@example.com