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Nagaland gets ready for ‘Unlock 1.0’ from July 1 to 10, issues phase guidelines

State Nodal officer Y Kikheto Sema (middle) along with members of Team Dimapur and PDA

Private Hospitals in Dimapur will be reverted to non-covid hospitals. It was also decided that new Covid patients would be entertained by CISHR and District Hospital Dimapur, who would also be attending non Covid cases too.

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Special Correspondent

Nagaland’s High Powered Committee (HPC) after a meet on Monday has decided to go for “Unlock 1” after assessing the situation in the State from July 1 to 10.

In a tweet, Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor, IT, Science and Technology, NRE, Govt of Nagaland, stated that 50% attendance would be maintained in Government offices, curfew to be imposed from 7 pm to 4 am, shops would be opened on rotational basis and new SOPs for churches and weddings.

He also informed that the Nagaland “Unlock 1” phase guidelines included:
• The science of spread of COVID-19 should be fully applied rather than blanket measures. “Closed
doors” and “crowded” spaces should be the area of the focus.
• Periodic testing (every 15 days) of those engage in high risk settings (shopkeepers, taxi
drivers, saloon employees, restaurant employees and home delivery personnel etc).
• To avoid future lockdowns, public must be made aware on two most important things: Biological
vaccine–Covid-19 vaccination coverage of atleast 90% for eligible beneficiaries (18+) and Social
Vaccine—Wearing of mask, avoiding crowded spaces, avoiding social gatherings and unnecessary household visits, utmost precautions in closed spaces like offices.

Meanwhile, with the Covid positive cases and positivity rate of Dimapur district showing a declining
trend, all private hospitals at Dimapur district would be reverted to non- Covid hospitals for the time
being unless under un-avoidable situation.

The decision was taken during a joint meeting of Private Doctors Association (PDA), Dimapur, with State Nodal Officer, Y Kikheto Sema, and Team Dimapur comprising of Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo, CMO Dimapur team and DPRO, Dimapur, on June 28 at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur, However, the Covid positive patients presently admitted in the private hospitals would continue to be treated in the respective hospitals with no new Covid cases admission, the meeting resolved.

In the meeting, it was also decided that new Covid patients would be entertained by CISHR and District Hospital Dimapur, who would also be attending non Covid cases too.

On behalf of the State Government, Principal Secretary, H&FW, Bhatia, and on his own behalf and the District Task Force, Dimapur, the State Nodal Officer, Y Kikheto Sema, extended appreciation and gratitude to all the frontline workers particularly the Private Doctors Association and Hospitals for their timely intervention in coming forward and rescuing the people of Nagaland.

Sema, who will be leaving for Kohima on June 29 for taking up his normal assignment as APC Nagaland sought the suggestions, expectations from DTF Dimapur and way forward from the Private Doctors for tackling the situation, should there be a 3rd wave.

On his own behalf and also on behalf of DTF Dimapur, DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan, also thanked the PDA for rising up to the occasion as one team on the request of the State Government and DTF Dimapur. Further, he thanked the State Nodal officer for personally visiting every hospital and having one to one discussion. “His presence gave extra boost of motivation and positivity,” he noted. He observed that the collective effort bore fruit, sustaining to break the chain for a longer period of
time. “As a team we would continue to work together to make the society a better place to live,” he

On the need for oxygen refilling plant raised by PDA, DC Dimapur informed that the district is already
on the job with 2 more oxygen refilling plants coming up in Dimapur district which would be able to
cater to the needs of the hospitals and keep spare for refilling. Commissioner Police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo acknowledged the tireless and sincere efforts of both the Private and Government doctors and noted that their sincere efforts has brought the Covid situation under control.

He expressed gratitude to the State Nodal officer on behalf of the district for his leadership, sincere
guidance and lauded his effort put for the district. He re-iterated that all would continue to work as a team during Covid or non- Covid situations.

Brushing away people’s notion of Dimapur as a difficult district, Tetseo while tagging Dimapur as a
“mini city” said “If we all work together as a team, Dimapur is a good city.”
CMO Dimapur, also thanked the PDA and hospitals and encouraged them be mentally and physically prepared for the 3rd wave.

President, Private Doctors Association, Dr Victo, said that the private hospitals are willing to help
the Government to vaccinate the people without charging, if the government provides the vaccines and other requirements.

He also stressed on the need for separate place for isolating the doctors taking care of Covid cases.
Dr Clement from CISHR noted that the staffs specially the nurses at CISHR were better prepared and in a better situation for taking care of Covid cases as all are working together with responsibility.
He also felt the need for having more bottling plants for oxygen on priority for tacking the 3rd wave.
Doctors from Eden, CISHR, Faith, Zion, Nagaland Multi specialty and others attended the meeting.

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