Medical eqiumnet consignment at Dimapur airport on Monday.

A C-130 Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) with emergency medical equipment, personal protective equipment and hand senitisers landed in Dimapur on Monday to combat Covid-19 in Nagaland.

This is the second batch of consignment, which also includes equipment for disaster management and emergency requirements for all the districts of the state, to have reached the state in preparation to combat the endemic.

“C-130 Super Hercules aircraft landed at Dimapur with the second consignment of emergency equip. & also equipment for disaster mngt. through the support of @IAF_MCC,” Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted.

Rio said the state government would ensure that it reaches the every district in Nagaland on time.

Rio on Saturday said the state had received medical equipment consignment consisting of triple layer masks, personal protective equipment, BD universal viral transport and swab sticks and additional medical equipment.

He also said 33 ventilators are also expected within this week.

The state health and family welfare department said there are 173 isolation beds available for any possible Covid-19 cases in the state in addition to 175 isolation beds in identified Covid-19 hospitals. The number of quarantine facilities has been increased to 1043 in the state.

The department also said all the 22 samples which were sent for testing till Sunday tested negative for coronavirus. Nagaland sends swab samples of suspected patients either to Dibrugarh in Assam or Imphal in Manipur since the state has no testing laboratory.

Bhadra Gogoi

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