Revised SOP for returnees to Nagaland

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DIMAPUR, JUNE 1 (MExN): The Nagaland State Government today announced a revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with regard to returnees to Nagaland. The SOP was revised as per a cabinet meeting which was held on June 1. 


Chennai Special train returnees of May 22
•    Persons who returned to the State on May 22 by the Special Train from Chennai and are still in Kohima and Dimapur quarantine centres will continue to remain until the COVID-19 test are done on all such persons.
•    Those persons who test negative will be sent to their home district.
•    As regard to those who test positive but do not require hospitalization and are fit to travel, they will also be sent to their home districts to be kept at the COVID-19 Hospitals for treatment; under special transportation after following all the necessary health protocols.
•    Those persons tested positive and showing symptoms requiring hospitalization and not fit for travel will be shifted to the COVID Hospitals of Dimapur and Kohima as the case may be for treatment.


Returnees from NE States before May 18 
•    All the returnees who have arrived in the State from the Green Zones of the North East states, before May 18 and have completed 14 days institutional quarantine at a centre in Dimapur or Kohima or in any other District, and not exhibiting any symptoms will be immediately released for undergoing home quarantine for another 14 days without the mandatory testing.
•    Those returnees who are still in Kohima or Dimapur quarantine centres will be released to their respective district task forces for undergoing 14 days in home quarantine.


All returnees other than the above two categories
•    All the returnees reaching the State at Dimapur either by train/ air/ road will be segregated district-wise at the entry point/Agri Expo site, thermally screened and all found asymptomatic will be transferred to the Quarantine Centers in the respective districts.
•    As regard the persons entering the State through Khuzama, the District Task Force Kohima will make similar arrangements.
•    All the returnees showing symptoms will be subjected to medical protocol at Dimapur and Kohima; and based on the fitness, will be retained or transported to the respective home districts.
•    In case the Quarantine Centers in any particular district gets fully filled up, and if the district is unable to take anymore returnees, then arrangements will be made to keep the returnees inbound for such districts in the quarantine centers at Dimapur or Kohima or vice versa wherever space is available at that point of time.
•    The sample of all the returnees will be taken in the respective districts and tested for COVID-19 in the BSL 3 Lab at Kohima or in the labs in Assam /Manipur or in the upcoming BSL 2 Lab at Dimapur, when functional , or in the TrueNat machines wherever available.
•    Those whose test is positive will be shifted to the respective district COVID Hospital. Positive cases will be managed within the respective district COVID hospital until the facilities are saturated, after which the cases will be shifted to the nearest available COVID Hospital.
•    After 14 days institutional quarantine, the returnees, if tested negative and found asymptomatic will be released for undergoing another 14 days home quarantine.
•    In respect of persons above the age of 60 years, children below the age of 10 years and parents, and pregnant women and accompanying spouse, and patients, they shall be thoroughl y screened and on the advice of the Medical Team at the Entry point/ Screening Centre will be sent for 28 days Home Quarantine.