Be prepared to prevent community transmission: Minister Kipgen

Minister in-charge of Kangpokpi and Senapati for COVID-19 Nemcha Kipgen urged the district machineries to take appropriate measures for timely prevention of community transmission in the district.

Following the alarming spike in COVID positive cases in the district, Minister in-charge of Kangpokpi and Senapati for COVID-19 Nemcha Kipgen urged the district machineries to take appropriate measures for timely prevention of community transmission in the district.

DM/DC Kangpokpi Somorjit Salam; SP Kangpokpi Hemant Pandey; CMO Kangpokpi Nilakanta Singh; ADM/ADC Kangpokpi, Lalramsang Infimate: AC to DC Kangpokpi, Kaigoulal Kipgen; all SDOs, EE PHED/PWD, MSPDCL, and other frontline workers of the district put their heads together in a review meeting chaired by Social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen at the Conference Hall of DC office Kangpokpi.

The meeting also reviewed the measures and activities taken up so far in the district related to the pandemic COVID-19 while deliberating on the grievances and challenges encountered by the frontline workers and officials.

Kipgen while cautioning the district machineries to be vigilant following the unexpected spike of positive cases in the district exhorted them to bring out mechanisms to avoid community transmission.

After a threadbare discussion, it was decided that all kinds of intoxicants including alcohol, gutkhas, khaini, etc. shall be completely banned inside the institutional quarantine centre as the exchange of money in buying the items could be highly responsible in community transmission.

It was also decided that all the concerned SDOs looking after the institutional quarantine centres must mandatorily conduct awareness among the inmates about standard operating procedures SOPS or guidelines of institutional quarantine centres by the inmates. It was also decided that they should be made aware of the probability of community transmission through them if they breach the guidelines.

The meeting also resolved that waste materials inside the institutional quarantine centres should be disposed properly and with regards to bio-waste materials, the Shija Hospital shall be approached at the earliest.

The chief medical officer, 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 days after surveillance in institutional quarantine centre can be discharged. However, they must go surveillance for the remaining days to complete the recommended 28 days at the community quarantine centres rather than home quarantine.

Minister Nemcha Kipgen exhorted the district machineries to tackle the situation vigilantly so as to prevent community transmission.

The minister also instructed the district magistrate and SP Kangpokpi to conduct inspection of the institutional quarantine centres and take up necessary action to anyone breaching the SOPs or guidelines or misbehaving inside the quarantine centres. She reminded them to put them inside the bar at Sajiwa where appropriate rooms have been arranged for such people. The minister also handed over first aid boxes to the district screening centre in-charge and CMO Kangpokpi apart providing pork meat for the quarantine centres today.

Meanwhile, there are reports of some inmates whose sample results are still awaited despite the 14 days surveillance period being completed at the quarantine centres. It was also reported that results for half of the samples sent for testing are still awaited. There are 47 positive cases in the district and no reports of recovery till the time of filing this report.

First Published:June 14, 2020, 9:12 a.m.