COVID-19 cases exceed bed count in Mon, Peren COVID Hospitals

Availability of beds in COVID-19 Hospitals and total active cases across Nagaland as of June 28, 2020. (Morung Graphic)

Availability of beds in COVID-19 Hospitals and total active cases across Nagaland as of June 28, 2020. (Morung Graphic)

COVID Care Centres come to the rescue


Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 28

COVID Care centres in Mon and Peren have come to the rescue as COVID-19 cases exceed the available number of beds in the district COVID Hospitals.

Health officials in Mon and Peren districts informed that the positive patients in the districts are being accommodated in the COVID Care Centres (CCCs) and as of now, there is no shortage of beds in the district COVID Hospitals.

As per updates on the Nagaland COVID-19 Dashboard on Sunday, Mon COVID Hospital has 34 beds and 6 isolation beds. The district has registered 38 COVID-19 positive cases till date. However, all the cases are asymptomatic and are being kept at the COVID Care Centre and not at the COVID Hospital.

“We are treating them at the CCC because they’re all asymptomatic,” an official said. The COVID Hospital in the district has also not been activated as yet, according to the source.

It was also informed that Mon Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police who are in self-isolation, will be undergoing another confirmatory test on June 30. If the test result is negative, they will be resuming normal duty, DC Mon told The Morung Express on June 28.


Peren resorts to segregation of returnees
Meanwhile, Peren district, which has 82 cases till date, has only 20 beds in the district COVID-19 hospital as per the Dashboard.

But officials assured that the district was not facing any shortage, as they have isolation centres and COVID Care Centres to accommodate the COVID-19 positive patients.

Returnees who tested positive have been separated from those who tested negative, DC Peren said. Among the positive cases, male patients are being kept in the JNV COVID Care Centre while the females are in the isolation centre in Veterinary College for the time being. “We also have other options. If there are more cases, we will be shifting them to another location,” the official stated.

The patients who are asymptomatic are being shifted from the COVID Hospital to the COVID Care Centre.

The Peren DC had earlier stated that in case of more returnees from Peren, the district administration would request the Dimapur district administration to help by retaining fresh arrivals in Dimapur.

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