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Nagaland Govt designates Naga Hospital as COVID care hospital

According to the official report, Monday the emergency services of the Naga Hospital Kohima shall be continued till alternative arrangements are made for the delivery of essential healthcare services.

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Kohima: Owing to increase on surge in new cases and detection of COVID-19 among patients admitted for other health problems increasing the risk of transmission to the personal healthcare workers, in the interest of public health and safety, the Government of Nagaland has designated Naga Hospital of Kohima as COVID Hospital till further order.

According to the official report, Monday the emergency services of the Naga Hospital Kohima shall be continued till alternative arrangements are made for the delivery of essential healthcare services. The Managing Director & Medical Superintendent Nagaland is directed to undertake – to continue management of already admitted patients till they are fit for discharge while ensuring utmost care to prevent the risk of transmission.

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 To maintain an Isolation ward to keep suspected cases till result is declared. Except for confirmed COVID -19 cases requiring hospitalization, no non- COVID -19 cases shall be admitted. For optimum utilisation of resources, all asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and mild cases which do not require hospitalization are to be admitted or transferred to COVID Care Center or Home Isolation. To expand the capacity of Oxygen supported beds and ICU, and to ensure adequate supply of oxygen and other essential medicines and consumables.

To this effect, proposal may be submitted to the undersigned for additional logistic requirements. Ensure rational deployment of manpower on-Covid duty based on case load and for continuity of essential healthcare services, HCWs not on-covid duty are to be put on delivery of essential healthcare services. Ensure rigorous in-house training of all category HCWs on various aspects of Covid-19 management. Arrange deployment necessary security measures through District Task Force. And in coordination with District Task Force, identify suitable Government health facilities and pooling of manpower for delivery of essential healthcare services including emergency secondary services.

Meanwhile, the Nodal Officer of Dimapur for COVID related activities Y. Kikheto Sema, ADC Dimapur Atokhe Aye, Deputy CMO Dr. Antony visited Railway station Dimapur and had a meeting with the Railway authority including the N F Railway Medical Services members today.

Official sources reported that the team after inspection concluded that the train coaches were not feasible to be used as COVID Hospital owing to numerous practical and logistical difficulties. On earlier occasions also, the District Task Force had visited the Dimapur Railway Station and noted that the coaches were not viable to be used as COVID hospital. Therefore, as decided earlier by the DTF, Team Dimapur decided to keep the coaches reserved for COVID Care Center and would be utilised specially for migrant labourers as and when need arises because presently beds are still available at Chumukedima COVID Care Center.

The team observed that even if the coaches were to be utilised as COVID Care Center, only 80 patients could be accommodated since the distance was against SOP. As far as oxygen is concerned, the ones installed at the coaches are small in size but Sema added that there is close coordination between Dimapur medical team and additional CMO N F Railway Medical Services from time to time and utilising whenever necessary, it said.

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