Union Minister urged to set up COVID-19 testing lab in Nagaland
Minister Pangnyu Phom with Principal Director Health & Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Suokhrie interacting with Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Harshvardhan during video conferencing on March 26. (DIPR Photo)
Kohima, March 26 (MExN): The Union Health Minister, Dr Harshvardhan was today informed of the lack of designated laboratory in Nagaland for COVID-19 testing. During a video conferencing, Nagaland Minister Health & Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom urged the Minister to support Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) laboratory at the earliest for testing.
Pangyu with other government officers apprised the Dr Harshvardhan about the status and preparedness of the state for novel coronavirus during the video conferencing of all state health ministers and other senior officials at NIC Secretariat on March 26.
The Minister also said that the consignment in regard to PPE, N-95 Mask and other logistics are stuck up at various places like Delhi border, Haryana, Chennai and Maharashtra which needs to be facilitated immediately since there is acute shortage of these items in the state during the video conferencing.
According to a DIPR report, while interacting, the Minister said that the state has been actively continuing surveillance for contact tracing and imposition of strict home quarantine. He mentioned that dedicated hospitals have established at Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung and isolation wards have also established in the remaining 8 district hospitals. Designated quarantine facilities have established in all districts with provision for expansion if situation demands, he said.