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Wokha district expecting 600-700 returnees

By Our Correspondent Updated: May 20, 2020 10:31 pm
Orenthung Lotha flanked by Imtitoshi Jamir (left) and Dr. CW Tungoe (right) during press briefing at Wokha town on May 20.

Our Correspondent
Wokha, May 20 (EMN):
With 510 beds already in place spread across 10 quarantine centres, Wokha district is expecting 600-700 returnees from different parts of India in the coming days.

This was informed by the deputy commissioner and chairman of district task force, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha during a press briefing in his office chamber on May 20. Lotha informed that the district task force is also preparing another 70 beds at Bailey Baptist College and Don Bosco Higher Secondary School (DBHSS).

He informed that 40 persons are currently placed under institutional quarantine centres including 23 male at GHSS, 14 female at Mt. Tiyi Government College, two at Bhandari and one at Sanis quarantine centres. He added that 11 persons are expected to arrive at district quarantine centre.

Lotha stated that numerous quarantine centres are setup in the district headquarters as well as in all the subdivisions.

He appealed to the people of the district not to panic but to pray for the well-being of those returning home. He also called upon the people of the district to lend their helping hands and not stigmatise them.

Also informing that there are enough food items, he appealed to the people to refrain from panic buying of food items and avoid larger crowd as well as practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Superintendent of Police, Wokha, Imtitoshi Jamir said that initially before the arrival of people in the district, police personnel were engaged in guarding porous areas bordering Assam. Besides, police personnel were deployed in markets and commercial areas to maintain social distancing.

However, with the arrival of people from outside, he said police personnel were made to provide security to people at the quarantine centres. He also added that a real time monitoring of those people at quarantine centres are observed where a team under SDPO is set to trace and track their movement within the designated quarantine area.

Chief medical officer, Wokha, Dr. CW Tungoe said there are enough PPE as of now adding another consignment would arrive in the district shortly. He informed that till May 20, a total of 5158 people were screened in the district.

He said the Covid-19 District Hospital (Dr. Motsuo Memorial Hospital) has four ICU, two ambulances and 50 beds. He also informed that a private hospital Vankhosung Christian Medical Centre (CMC) is now converted to district hospital with two doctors attached to the hospital. He also stated that medical department in the district is facing problem due to lack of medical officers.

By Our Correspondent Updated: May 20, 2020 10:31:44 pm