Nagaland‘s COVID 19 status report: 8 samples, 5 negative; 3 awaited

Nagaland‘s COVID 19 status report: 8 samples, 5 negative; 3 awaited
Nagaland‘s COVID 19 status report: 8 samples, 5 negative; 3 awaited

DIMAPUR, MARCH 25 (MExN): The Directorate of Health & Family Welfare has notified that a total of 8 samples from Nagaland have been sent for testing as on March 25.

Out of these, 2 were declared negative on March 24 while another 3 tested negative on Wednesday.
Test results for the remaining 3 have not been declared yet.

Till date, 1543 individuals are under home quarantine in the State, a press release from the Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie stated.

The Principal Director also informed that the Dimapur Tourist Lodge has been identified and designated as a COVID-19 Quarantine Centre for Dimapur district, and the District Hospital Dimapur is designated as COVID-19 Hospital.

In Kohima, Chedema AYUSH Hospital has been identified as the COVID-19 Hospital while the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) will also be converted to COVID-19 Hospital as and when the situation demands. The release also stated that designated Quarantine Centres have been identified. No details were provided on the Centres.

COVID-19 Hospitals will exclusively examine and treat cases for Severe Acute Respritatrory Infection (SARI) and Infleunza-like Infection (ILI), it added. 

Meanwhile, the Principal Director clarified that the lack of testing centres in the State was due to lack of bio-safety level laboratories anywhere in the State both in government and private establishments.

The samples are collected in all the District Hospitals and sent in a special Viral Transport Medium (VTM) to the designated Lab, identified by Government of India, it said.

Further, all the District Superintendents of Police have identified specific vehicles to transfer the samples to the labs at the earliest. 

The Principal Director also appealed to the public to abstain from spreading rumours and to verify such news/ information with the concerned district authority.