Nemcha exhorts officials to prevent community spread

CORRESPONDENT
KANGPOKPI, 13th Jun: Following the unexpected spike of Covid-19 positive cases in the district, the minister in-charge of Kangpokpi and Senapati for Covid-19, social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen asked the district machinery to be vigilant and exhorted them bring out mechanism to avoid community transmission.
Speaking at a review meeting chaired by her with Kangpokpi DC Somorjit Salam, SP Hemant Pandey, CMO Dr Nilakanta Singh, ADM/ADC Lalramsang Infimate, AC to DC Kaigoulal Kipgen, all SDOs, EE PHED/PWD, MSPDCL, and other frontline workers of the district at the conference hall of DC office Kangpokpi on Saturday, minister Nemcha instructed them to report any inmates found breaching Institutional Quarantine Centres (IQCs) guidelines or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) so that timely appropriate action can be initiated.
The minister also instructed the DC and SP to conduct inspection of IQCs and take up necessary action against anyone flouting SOPs or guidelines or misbehaving inside the IQCs and put them at Sajiwa jail where appropriate room has been arranged for such people.
The meeting also reviewed measures and activities taken up so far in the district related to the Covid-19 pandemic while deliberating on the grievances and challenges encountered by the frontline workers and officials.
After a threadbare discussion, it was decided that all kinds of intoxicants including tobacco items, will be completely prohibited inside the IQCs as the exchange of money in acquiring the items might be the route for community transmission.
It was also decided that all SDOs looking after the IQCs must mandatorily conduct awareness among the inmates about strictly following SOPs or guidelines of IQCs and the probability of community transmission through them if they breach the IQC guidelines or SOPs.
The meeting also resolved that waste materials inside the IQCs should be disposed properly and with regards to bio-waste materials the Shija Hospital should be approached at the earliest.
CMO Nilakanta Singh also highlighted the importance of 28 days’ surveillance, irrespective of the inmates’ results, so as to prevent community transmission while adding that inmates found negative on any day after the surveillance period in IQCs can be discharged, but they must go further surveillance for the remaining days to complete the recommended 28 days at community quarantine centres rather than home quarantine.
The minister also handed over first aid boxes to the District Screening Centre in-charge and CMO Kangpokpi apart from providing pork meat for the quarantine centres on Saturday. Meanwhile, there has been report of some inmates whose sample results are still awaited despite completion of the 14-day surveillance period in the IQCs. It was also reported that results for half of the samples send for testing are still pending. There are 47 positive cases in the district till filing of this report while there is no report of recovery till now.


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