Dimapur, June 4 (MExN): Following the case of sending off COVID-19 positive patient ‘mistakenly’ along with other returnees to Jalukie from Dimapur on June 3, the Leader of the Opposition TR Zeliang came out blasting the State Government today.
In a series of tweets, he said that the present case, on the heels of a similar incident in Tuensang recently, “is proof enough of how ill prepared the State is to combat this pandemic.”
“Is one mistake not enough for the Govt of Nagaland to learn and take corrective measures? First it was Tuensang and now Peren District, has it become a norm for the present dispensation, where there is absolutely no regard for human lives?,” Zeliang asserted.
The reaching of positive case in Jalukie even after Peren Joint Action Committee (JAC) on COVID-19 raising concern to appropriate authority regarding sending positive cases, he maintained, was “total disregard to the decision of the public.”
Zeliang further stated that “a mistake that endangers lives is inexcusable and a crime.”
“Apart from various other instances, these two is proof enough of how ill prepared the State is to combat this pandemic. Government's honesty and sincerity is the need of the hour,” he added.
Meanwhile, a press release from the Dimapur District Surveillance (DSO) Officer admitted that the patient was “mistakenly sent” along with other passengers to Peren.
The DSO informed that 17 passengers of the Shramik Special Chennai Express Train who tested negative were transported from Dimapur to Peren District at around 7:30 - 8:00pm on June 3.
However, on receiving the new batch of test results and upon contact tracing, it was learnt that one of the positive was mistakenly sent along with the passengers to Peren.
“We deeply regret that inspite of our best efforts this unintentional error has been made by the District Surveillance Team Dimapur during this hour of crises,” the DSO stated.
Nagaland registered the highest number of new COVID-19 cases on June 4 with 22 new cases taking the total active cases in the State to 80.
“All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals. Further, active surveillance is going on to prevent further spreading of the infection,” Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha said today during the daily briefing. .
Out of the 80 active cases, the Health Department informed that 42 are from Dimapur, 16 are from Kohima, 1 is from Peren and 5 are from Tuensang.