Nagaland: Wokha district to implement tougher lockdown measures as cases surge

Wokha DTF on COVID-19 review meeting at DC conference hall, Wokha on July 29. (DIPR Photo)

Wokha DTF on COVID-19 review meeting at DC conference hall, Wokha on July 29. (DIPR Photo)

Wokha, July 30 (MExN): The Wokha DTF on COVID-19 held a review meeting at DC conference hall, Wokha on July 29. Deputy Commissioner & Chairman of Wokha DTF for COVID-19 Orenthung Lotha chaired the meeting. Col KS Gill, Commandant of 40 Assam Rifles and Dr Sachin KB, 40 AR also attended the meeting. Dr CW Tungoe, CMO, Wokha gave a brief update of COVID-19 status in the District.

According to a DIPR report, Pathologist, Dr Motsuo Memorial Hospital, Wokha suggested for a mobile sample collection van to reduce the chances of transmission. CMO Wokha has been entrusted with the responsibility of assigning a vehicle for the said purpose. 

Taking into account the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the district, entry of outsiders from other states including construction workers will be restricted for two months and in case of emergency services, they should produce COVID-19 free certificate from the competent authority at designated State entry points.

Personnel and labourers of Anusha Project Pvt Ltd and other companies undertaking developmental projects will be restricted entry into Wokha district for a period of two months. However, for any emergency situation, they may first undergo paid quarantine in Dimapur for 14 days and only upon testing negative for COVID-19 will they be allowed entry into Wokha district.

District Surveillance Officer and Epidemiologist were directed to get a first hand report of the situation from Doyang area and advise the DTF, whether it should be declared a containment zone or not.

Strict action as per relevant sections of law to be taken against those returnees who stray from the quarantine centers or break quarantine facility rules.

All drivers entrusted with the task of ferrying returnees to the district to be kept in isolation at Rest House observing all SOP. Also, drivers assigned for sample collection duty in mobile van to be directed to do the same.

It was also agreed upon that COVID-19 Nagaland App should be downloaded compulsorily by all returnees.

District Surveillance Officer and Epidemiologist shall monitor their movements and report on detection of violators, if any, to the concerned authorities without fail.

Monitoring of all check gates and entry points to the district by police personnel to thwart unregulated movement of people and vehicles.

It was also agreed upon that strict imposition of fines for not wearing mask would be strictly implemented and for which the police was entrusted to strictly implement the order passed by the Deputy Commissioner, Office dated June 26, 2020.

Member also discussed on restriction of inter-district movement. In this regard, Deputy Commissioner, Wokha issued order the same day promulgating restriction of inter-district movement for 7 (seven) days w.e.f August 1 to 7 except for medical services, security forces, Government servants and Departments on bonafide duty and other essential services.