Kohima DTF deliberates on COVID-19 response

Kohima District Task Force meeting held in Kohima on July 13. ( DIPR Photo)
Kohima District Task Force meeting held in Kohima on July 13. ( DIPR Photo)

Kpohima, July 13 (MExN): Active surveillance and necessary measures are on in order to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in the four containment zones in Kohima district.


This was informed by Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie during a meeting of the Kohima District Task Force on July 13.


According to updates from the DIPR, Kohima Chief Medical Officer, Dr Vezokholu informed that the four colonies- Daklane, Jotsoma, Keziekie and Upper AG Colony will remain containment zones for 28 days and includes 14 days of home quarantine.

 

During this period house to house surveillance as per standard operating procedure, thermal screening for influenza, fever, cough, diarrhoea and other suspected cases will be carried out by the medical teams in all the areas. The report will then be submitted to the health agency.  


As per the DIPR report, legislators in-charge of Kohima district, namely, Minister for Housing & Mechanical (PWD), Tongpang Ozukum and Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire also attended the meeting.


The meeting also deliberated on the exit plan for the Bethel Kitchen which has been catering food for all the Quarantine Centres at Kohima. In this regard, the Task Force requested the Food Committee and all the police personnel involved in managing the kitchen to continue their services and contributions till July 31.


Lauding their efforts and dedication in managing the kitchen, the DTF however felt that it will not be applicable to replace the committee members or the people involved in the kitchen at this juncture, the DIPR stated.


The meeting also reiterated that honorarium will be given to the police personnel and drivers who are engaged in managing the kitchen as decided earlier by the Empowered Group, it added.


On the issue of quarantine facility centres in the district, the task force is said to have deliberated on maintaining only one quarantine centre. According to the DIPR, the meeting also discussed as to how to address the system once the proposed paid facility centre is implemented. However, no details were given.


With regard to requests made by the paramilitary forces to accommodate their leave returnees in the quarantine centres, the task force decided that Block 21 to 24 of the K Badze Quarantine Centre will be earmarked for them.