All the returnees from other states will be received, screened, and dispatched to all the districts of the state by Team Dimapur as per the new standard operating procedure issued by the Nagaland government on June 1.
This was decided at an emergency coordination meeting here on Thursday to discuss matters related to reception and dispatch of another batch of returnees from Bangalore, who are arriving by a special train on Friday.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of agriculture production commissioner Y. Kikheto Sema, who is also the Dimapur district in-charge of Covid19.
So far, Dimapur was taking care of returnees from Dimapur, Mon, and Peren districts only.
Sema said upon arrival of the special train from Bangalore carrying 1,501 returnees, 757 returnees of Dimapur district will be sent to the Agri Expo site here for registration, screening and triaging.
The process for hosting the returnees at designated quarantine centers will be taken up thereafter, he said.
The remaining returnees from the 10 districts totaling to 744 persons will be screened at Dimapur railway station district-wise in the order of districts – Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire, Zunheboto, Phek, Mokokchung, Wokha, Peren, and Kohima, Sema said.
They will then proceed to their respective districts.
Sema said the Dimapur district authority will issue prohibitory order for closure of shops and traffic before the arrival of the special train to facilitate a smooth and timely movement of the returnees to their respective districts.
The district nodal officers will coordinate with the Team Dimapur, and on completion of all necessary formalities, escort the returnees to their respective districts and quarantine centres.
The quarantine centre at Agri Expo will be converted to a transit camp to accommodate those returnees who may arrive through various routes (except special trains) on transit to other districts.
The inmates of the quarantine centre will be relocated to another suitable quarantine centre, Sema added.
Meanwhile, one of the 17 returnees from Chennai, who were sent to Peren from Dimapur on Wednesday night, tested positive for Covid19.
Dimapur district surveillance officer Dr Imtiwabong Aier, in a release, on Thursday said it was learned that a positive patient was mistakenly sent along with the other people to Peren district and she reached Jalukie in the district.
He said the deputy chief medical officer of Peren district was immediately informed about the situation and to identify and isolate the positive case.
Aier regretted that in spite of best efforts this unintentional error was made by the district surveillance team during this hour of crisis.