Nagaland to test all special train passengers

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•    Testing to be done according to risk assessment: Health Minister
•    District surveillance units intensify surveillance activities
•    All three positive patients undergoing treatment and are stable


Morung Express News

Dimapur | May 25 


Following the emergence of three COVID-19 positive cases in Nagaland on May 25, Nagaland Health Minister, Pangnyu Phom today stated that a “massive exercise of testing for all passengers of the Special Shramik Express will be done according to risk assessment.”

In a document titled ‘declaration of test results,’ the Minister stated that District Surveillance Units have intensified their surveillance activities and contact tracing of the three positive persons has started since 7:00am, May 25. 

Results for the three positive tests were received at 5:36am from the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). 

Out of the three cases, one male (20 years) and one female (23 years) are presently undergoing treatment at the COVID-19 Hospital, Dimapur. Another 26 year old male is receiving treatment at the COVID-19 Hospital, Kohima. 

All three had arrived by the Special Shamrik Express from Chennai to Dimapur on May 22. 

The Minister informed that on arrival at the Agri Expo reception and screening centre, the female case had shown symptoms and was directly sent to the isolation ward at the COVID-19 Hospital, Dimapur. 

One of the male cases did not show symptoms initially on arrival and so was sent to a quarantine center. “However he developed symptoms so he was brought to the COVID-19 hospital isolation ward for sample collection,” the Minister said.

The other male patient was directly sent to Kohima from the railway station upon arrival. 

On contact tracing, it was learnt that two of the positive cases were sitting adjacent to each other during the train journey. 

The Minister informed that all three patients are now stable and undergoing treatment.