DIMAPUR, April 26 - The Nagaland Government on Sunday directed pharmacies to collect information of persons buying medicines for fever and cough in a bid to identify people possibly suffering from COVID-19.
The government said the information should be collected in a prescribed format and sent to the WhatsApp numbers of the respective districts.
It said this would entail a bit more work on the part of the pharmacies. �However, in this extra ordinary times, we need to upscale our surveillance and thus, cooperation is sought from all the retail pharmacies,� the order said.
The State Government also constituted an advisory committee on COVID-19 to formulate long-term strategies to deal with the pandemic.
This decision was taken by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) at a meeting convened in Kohima on Saturday to review the preparedness and mitigation measures being undertaken by the State Government against the virus.
The advisory committee comprised experts from different fields like medicine, supply chain, disaster management, emergency response, etc. It would advice the State Government on incremental comprehensive measures for containment of COVID-19.
The committee would also seek advice of international experts as and when the need arises.
The SDMA accorded in-principle approval to prepare a blueprint for COVID-19 response and control programme for incremental containment.
The meeting reviewed the preparedness and mitigation measures taken by the State Government such as containment/contingency plan, procurement of medical equipment/essential goods, setting up of BSL-lab, distribution of rice and other relief materials in all districts, financial assistance to the stranded students, working people and patients, activation of surveillance team, setting up of war room and State-level control room, setting up of control rooms in all districts and sealing of international border along Myanmar and inter-State border.