Dimapur deputy commissioner
Dimapur deputy commissioner Anoop Kinchi addressing the meeting on Tuesday.

The Dimapur District Task Force on Tuesday decided that the inter-state border areas in the district would continue to remain sealed.

However, students, government employees with ID cards and serious medical cases would be allowed to enter the district.

At a meeting held under the chairmanship of Dimapur deputy commissioner Anop Kinchi in his office, the district task force also resolved to bring to the attention of the Nagaland government to expedite construction of the 100-bed abandoned hospital at Chumukedima here. It said once its construction is completed, it can be used as Dimapur COVID hospital and later can be used as infectious diseases hospital as is done in other cities.

At present, the Dimapur district hospital is being used as COVID hospital in Dimapur district.

Kinchi expressed concern over the normal OPD patients suffering from varied ailments like cancer, heart, surgical cases etc. He stressed the need to draw an action plan to address the problem. Kinchi told the meeting that the proposal for a CT scan machine for Dimapur district hospital has been put up under ONGC’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.

He also said all the NGOs would be trained to educate the people on the rules to be followed to keep away from coronavirus.

Echoing Kinchi, Dimapur medical superintendent Dr Kheshito Zhimomi said the lone government hospital in Dimapur has been addressing only COVID-19 cases for the past three months. He said there is an urgent need for addressing the plight of the normal patients.

The district task force also decided not to allow footpath vendors to sit below the flyover and Nyamo Lotha Road to avoid rush in the footpath and maintain social distance  in view of the present pandemic.

Dimapur deputy chief medical officer Dr Antoly Suu called for strict monitoring of the border areas in order to avoid community transmission of Covid-19.

Bhadra Gogoi

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