RN Ravi
RN Ravi during a review meeting on Nagaland's Covid19 situation. Image credit - Twitter @WeTheNagas

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi stressed the need for rigorous contact tracing of all those, who came in contact with the Covid19 positive patients and quarantining them either at home or institutions depending on their health symptoms.

Governor Ravi in a meeting on Wednesday reviewed the preparedness of the state government in tackling the Covid19 situation in the backdrop of detection of positive cases in the state.

“Contact tracing and their management are the most crucial preventive protocol against spread of Covid19,” Ravi said.

Senior officials, including chief secretary Temjen Toy and additional chief secretary Sentiyanger Imchen, were present at the meeting.

Underscoring the need for more bio-safety laboratories in the state, the Governor insisted on improving the conditions of all the district hospitals, which have been made the Covid19 hospitals.

Ravi lauded the frontline warriors for their dedication and selfless service to the people.

He asked the senior officials of the state to be in touch with them and be responsive to their legitimate needs and apprehensions.

Ravi also urged the people of the state to continue observing safety guidelines, including social distancing, and not to panic and stigmatise the Covid19 patients and be compassionate to them.

“They are our own people who have become victims for no fault of theirs,” Ravi added.

Meanwhile, with the detection of five more positive cases on Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 infected persons in Nagaland has gone up to nine.

Health and family welfare minister S. Pangnyu Phom informed this on his official Twitter handle.

“Another 5 more returnees from Chennai tested COVID19 +ve this morning; 4 from Dimapur and 1 from Kohima. With this, we have 9 active cases in Nagaland,” Phom tweeted.

They are all undergoing proper medical treatment at Covid19 hospitals in Dimapur and Kohima, he added.

All the nine positive people are among 1,463 people who returned to the state from Chennai by a Shramik Special train on May 22.

Altogether 3,982 stranded people have returned to the state from various parts of India till May 26.

Principal secretary (home) Abhijit Sinha said the state government is arranging various modes of transport to bring back the distressed stranded people from various states by June 1.

He said special trains are being arranged from Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and special buses from West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Daman & Diu and Lucknow.

Sinha added that 370 people left for Nagaland from Jaipur by a special train on Tuesday. They are expected to reach Lumding in Assam on Thursday morning. The state government will ferry them from Lumding to Dimapur by bus.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com