Govt moves to strengthen healthcare in Peren

•    Technical committee to set up COVID Hospital at Peren DH
•    To increase doctor and nurse strength at Peren DH


PEREN, JULY 10 (MExN): The Nagaland State Government has decided to form a technical committee to set up a COVID Hospital at the District Hospital (DH), Peren.

This was informed by a government team who visited Peren on July 9. 

The team also ensured to reinstate a full-fledged CMO, Peren at the earliest as the post is lying vacant. It was also informed that Government will enhance the strength of specialist Doctors for Peren District Hospital from 23 to 50%, nurses’ strength from 27 to 75% and two non-specialist Doctors will be added within a month for immediate necessary action. 

The government team was led by the Health & Family Welfare Secretary, Kensonyu Yhome along with OSD, Nagaland State Disaster Management, Johnny Ruangmai and Health & Family Welfare Joint Director, Dr Kikameren Longkumer.

They convened a meeting with the Joint Action Committee (JAC), civil society organizations and students’ bodies of Peren district on COVID-19 related issues at Conference Hall, District Headquarter Peren.

The meeting deliberated on the incident in which a positive patient was transported to Jalukie along with 16 returnees on June 3 before the test result was out. They also discussed the June 23 night incident where 96 Haryana returnees were sent off for home quarantine without getting re-tested. 

Earlier, the official team also inspected District Hospital, Peren and had a short interaction with various civil societies.


JAC condemns ‘attempt to put Peren in bad light’

DIMAPUR, JULY 10 (MExN): The Joint Action Committee (JAC) Peren issued a statement in response to the press statement by the HPC Spokesperson, Mmhonlumo Kikon. 

The JAC stated that the district has the highest number of positive cases at present and any attempt to downplay the critical situation by any individuals or groups including the state government will only aggravate the matter further. 

“Linking the high number of positive cases in the district to the unsatisfactory adherence to norms and protocols is an overstatement and an attempt to put Peren district in bad light,” the JAC said.  It reminded that the genesis of COVID-19 in Peren district dates back to June 3 when a positive patient from the district was sent along with other 16 negative returnees from Dimapur. 

Thereafter, it informed that on June 23, a total of 96 Haryana returnees were released from ITI and Polytechnic quarantine centres at Peren without confirming their COVID-19 status which was mandated due to the positive contact history they had. Out of these 96 returnees, a total of 32 have tested positive for COVID-19 till date.

“Was this also due to the negligence on the part of the government machineries or was it the result of unsatisfactory adherence to the quarantine norms and protocol by inmates?” the JAC questioned. 

It asked the spokesperson to “assess the ground reality and assign roles and responsibilities instead of commenting from the capital without having an iota of the participation of CBOs, FBOs and NGOs in COVID exercises in the district.”

The JAC rather called for setting up the Judicial Inquiry Committee at the earliest to probe the June 3 and June 23 imbroglios as demanded. 

Disappointed by the State Government’s failure to respond to ultimatums and memorandums, the JAC said that these instances of callousness towards the people of the district were only helping in fueling the anger of the public.