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Surveillance activities, contact tracing intensified in Nagaland, says Health minister

By Our Reporter Updated: May 25, 2020 6:27 pm

Our Reporter

Dimapur, May 25 (EMN): The minister of Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom, has said that the district surveillance units have intensified surveillance activities and contact tracing started at 7 am on Monday after Nagaland registered its first Covid-19 case.

Phom reportedly said this during the “declaration of test results” briefing held at Hotel Saramati in Dimapur on Monday, May 25, which was said to be a closed-door affair with the department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR).

According to the test results declaration, a copy of which has been obtained by Eastern Mirror, out of the three positive cases, two positive cases — 20-year-old male and 23-year-old female — are presently in Dimapur, while the other 26-year-old male is in Kohima district.

“On arrival at the Agri Expo, during medical screening, the female case was having symptoms and was directly sent to isolation ward at the Covid-19 hospital and upon confirmation of her result, was shifted to the Covid ward at Covid-19 hospital. The male case, since did not have any symptoms on arrival at the Agri Expo was sent to the quarantine centre. However, he developed symptoms so he was brought to Covid-19 hospital isolation ward for sample collection. His result came back as positive,” read Phom’s statement.

The other male positive patient was sent directly to Kohima from the railway station upon arrival.

As per contact tracing by District Surveillance team Dimapur, it was learnt that two of the positive cases were sitting adjacent to each other in the coach, the minister briefed.

It was reported that the three samples were tested positive on May 25 and the reports were received at 5.36 am.

Phom went on to state that massive testing exercise would be done for all passengers of the special Shramik Express according to risk assessment.

By Our Reporter Updated: May 25, 2020 6:27:43 pm