DIMAPUR, June 4 - One of the 17 returnees from Chennai who were sent to Peren district from Dimapur on Wednesday night, has tested positive for COVID-19. Dimapur District Surveillance Officer Dr Imtiwabong Aier, in a press release today, said that it has been learnt that a positive patient was mistakenly sent along with other people to Peren district, and that she had reached Jalukie in the district.
He added that the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Peren district was immediately informed to identify and isolate the positive case. Aier regretted the unintentional error made by the district surveillance team.
Meanwhile, all returnees from other States will be received, screened and sent to various districts by a medical team and other officials here as per the new standard operating procedure issued by the Nagaland Government.
This was decided at an emergency coordination meeting called here today to discuss matters relating to reception and despatch of a batch of returnees from Bengaluru, who will arrive in a special train on Friday. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Agriculture Production Commissioner Y Kikheto Sema, who is also the Dimapur district in-charge for COVID-19.
Dimapur has been taking care of returnees from Dimapur, Mon and Peren districts alone so far. Sema said that after arrival of the special train from Bengaluru carrying 1,501 persons, 757 returnees of Dimapur district will be sent to the Agri Expo site here for registration, screening and triaging. The process of hosting the returnees at designated quarantine centres, will be taken up thereafter, he said.
The remaining 744 returnees from 10 other districts, will be screened at the Dimapur Railway Station in the order of districts that include Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire, Zunheboto, Phek, Mokokchung, Wokha, Peren and Kohima, Sema said. They will then proceed to their respective districts.
Sema said the Dimapur district administration would issue prohibitory orders for closure of shops and traffic before arrival of the special train to facilitate smooth and timely movement of the returnees to their respective districts.
The district nodal officers will coordinate with Team Dimapur, and on completion of all necessary formalities, escort the returnees to their respective districts and quarantine centres.
The quarantine centre at the Agri Expo will be converted into a transit camp to accommodate those returnees who may arrive through various routes (except special trains) on transit to other districts. The inmates of the quarantine centre will be relocated to another suitable centre, Sema added.