Special Action Group reviews COVID-19 related steps undertaken in Nagaland
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, 18/03/2020, Guwahati

A meeting of the Special Action Group (SAG) on Covid-19 was held under the chairmanship of Nagaland Home Commissioner, Abhijit Sinha IAS to review the various activities in connection with the impending pandemic at his Office Chamber on Wednesday. Principal Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Vizolie Suokhrie gave a brief detail of the Department’s activities and co-ordination with the various line departments.

He confirmed that training of the State Police Forces has been initiated and will be ready to start the screening process at the earliest. He also confirmed that the Department has procured more Ventilators and Personal Protection Equipments including N-95 masks and scanners to meet the requirements of the State.The Home Commissioner directed the concerned department to collect information like contact details, address and travel history of all passengers arriving at Dimapur airport in order to monitor them constantly.

He stated that altogether 11 road entry points into the State had been identified and the concerned Deputy Commissioners had been directed to start the screening process at the earliest. Besides screening, he directed the forces to collect information details of all persons entering the State to enable the monitoring process. He confirmed that the Dimapur Task Force in coordination with the Railway Authorities have made a single exit point and barricaded all other exit points at the Dimapur Railway Station to enable screening of all the arriving passengers.

He also directed all the DCs to send directives to all the Village Councils, ward authorities and Tribal Hohos to report entry of any person from outside since March 1. The Home Commissioner also disclosed that all 49 foreign tourists who had entered Nagaland are being monitored by the concerned authorities.The Rural Livelihood Mission under the Department of Rural Development informed the SAG that awareness Information in all local languages about Covid-19 would be disseminated by the Mission in coordination with the Department of H&FW to ensure reach to all rural and remote areas of the State.