DIMAPUR, March 13 - The Urban Development Department of Nagaland today issued a 13-point advisory to urban local bodies (ULBs) on coronavirus and asked them to submit action taken reports by March 18.
The department has directed the ULBs to ensure utmost cleanliness and hygiene in all schools, public places and departmental transport systems. It said cleanliness and hygiene must be maintained in public toilets and amenities. It asked the ULBs to ensure that all restaurants, hotels and eateries maintain utmost cleanliness and hygiene.
The department directed that no wild and live animals would be sold in the markets. It said fish, poultry and meat would be sold only at the designated shops or locations duly authorised by the respective ULBs.
The department has banned random meat shops, and discouraged rearing of pigs and poultry in close proximity to human habitations in urban areas.
It asked the ULBs to ensure that all wards maintain proper sanitation within their jurisdiction and prohibit random disposal of garbage.
It said hoarding and sale of items like hand sanitisers, handwash, masks, etc., at inflated prices would not be allowed. It directed that sanitary workers and sweepers of each ULB should be properly sensitised and they should use protective gear and safety measures compulsorily.
The department asked the ULBs to conduct fogging and sanitise vulnerable areas in coordination with the Health and Family Welfare department.
The urban bodies were asked to set up helplines in all wards in coordination with the Health and Family Welfare Department. The department has directed all administrators of urban bodies to stay vigilant.
Home Department notice: The State Home Department today issued a directive to all deputy commissioners to issue notice for ensuring adherence to preventive measures against spread of COVID-19.
The directive said people should compulsorily wear masks and hand sanitisers at public places.
It said that people like salesmen and shopkeepers who usually come in contact with a large number of people must wear masks.
All establishments must keep hand sanitisers for both personal and public use, it said.
The Government has asked all the deputy commissioners to take immediate steps to activate and widely publicise a phone number to receive reports and complaints from public regarding hoarding or sale of masks and hand sanitisers at inflated prices.
Directive to private hospitals: Dimapur Chief Medical Officer Dr T Pangjung Sangtam on Friday said that as per the standard operation procedure and guidelines, no private hospital, nursing home/clinic will collect specimen sample of coronavirus. He said that suspected cases are to be referred to RRT at Dimapur district hospital. Sangtam said action would be taken against the defaulters.