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Covid-19: Pangnyu briefs union minister

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By EMN Updated: Mar 26, 2020 11:59 pm
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(L-R) Pangnyu Phom with Dr. Vizolie Suokhrie interacting with the Union Health and Family Welfare minister, Dr. Harshvard during a video conferencing on March 26.

Dimapur, March 26 (EMN): Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom along with senior government officials apprised Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan about the status and preparedness of the state on novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, during a video conferencing of all state health ministers and other senior officials, at NIC secretariat on March 26.

According to a DIPR report, Phom informed the union minister 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 past two or three weeks are under surveillance, he said.

The minister mentioned that dedicated hospitals have been established at Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung; and isolation wards established in the remaining eight district hospitals. Designated quarantine facilities have been established in all the districts with provision for expansion if situation demands, he said.

Phom also informed that eight samples have already sent for testing out of which five have tested negative and results for three are still awaited. He stated that there is no designated laboratory in Nagaland for Covid-19 testing.

As such, he urged the union minister to “support Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) laboratory at the earliest for testing”.

The minister said that the consignment in regard to PPE, N95 mask and other logistics are stuck at various places like Delhi, Haryana, Chennai and Maharashtra “which needs to be facilitated immediately since there is acute shortage of these items in the state”.

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By EMN Updated: Mar 26, 2020 11:59:49 pm