DIMAPUR, May 27 - With the detection of five more positive cases today, the number of active COVID-19 patients in Nagaland has climbed to nine.
Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom shared the information through his official Twitter handle.
“Five 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 undergoing medical treatment at COVID-19 hospitals in Dimapur and Kohima, he added.
All the nine positive persons are among 1,463 people who had 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 the country 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 and Diu and Lucknow.
Sinha added that 370 people left for Nagaland from Jaipur in 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.
Ravi reviews preparedness: Nagaland Governor RN Ravi reviewed the preparedness of the State Government in tackling the COVID-19 situation in a meeting held on Wednesday in the backdrop of detection of fresh cases in the State.
Senior officials, including Chief Secretary Temjen Toy and Additional Chief Secretary Sentiyanger Imchen, were present in the meeting.
Ravi stressed the need for rigorous tracing of all those who came in contact with the COVID-19 patients and quarantining them either at home or institutions depending on their symptoms.
“Contact tracing and their management are the most crucial preventive protocol against spread of COVID-19,” Ravi said.
Underscoring the need for more bio-safety laboratories in the State, the Governor insisted on improving the conditions of all district hospitals, which have been made COVID-19 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.
The Nagaland Governor also urged the people of the State not to panic and stigmatise the COVID-19 patients and be compassionate towards them.