KANGPOKPI: The novel virus, Coronavirus, has intruded Kangpokpi district’s first line of defence with a 60-year old ASHA worker from the district HQs Ward No. 5 testing positive for the virus.
This comes after about 300 returnees tested positive along with reported two deaths in the district so far.
The sample of the frontline worker was collected on July 31 along with other ASHA workers and the results came out Sunday evening. However, she is healthy and showed no symptoms. She is also said to be a vegetable vendor at women market in uptown Kangpokpi DHQs.
Following the result, the medical department swung into action with the assistance of Kangpokpi Town Committee, Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organization, Kangpokpi Youth Union and district police and has sealed all the entry paths of Ward No.5 the night itself while the District Magistrate/DC Kangpokpi issued containment measure to prevent the disease in the area.
Subsequently, contact tracing of the patient was kicked off early Monday morning by the medical department led by Dr. Henkhoneng Mate, DSO Kangpokpi District and Dr. Paotinlal Haokip, MS i/c District Hospital Kangpokpi along with Chunglenmang Kipgen, MCS with the help of the local civil bodies and police while the patient was shifted at temporary isolation centre from her residence.
The identified contact persons were briefed and instructed by the medical department and district administration officials to be self quarantine at home for 14 days and not to ventured out while the town authority taking a pivotal role instructed the contact persons to informed their respective ward Chairman of their requirements and needs during their home surveillance.
The District Deputy Commissioner, Somorjit Salam, IAS who is also the District Magistrate, issued a public notification informing that any persons who had come in direct contact with the ASHA worker since one week, that is from July 25 to informed directly to Dr. Henkhoneng Mate, DSO Kangpokpi (8131087633) and Dr. Paotinlal Haokip, MS i/c District Hospital Kangpokpi (96512324045) during hospital hours for sample collection and testing.
The IAS officer also in exercise of power conferred under Para 13 of “The Manipur Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020” declared containment measure in the geographical area of Kangpokpi Ward No.5 and seal the area, prohibited entry and exit of population from the containment area, restricted opening of schools and public gathering of any types, banned vehicle movement near the area and initiate active surveillance of COVID-19 cases.
With the detection of COVID-19 positive case outside the confine of quarantine centres, the otherwise stubborn denizens of Kangpokpi town begin to show some respect on the lockdown guidelines and protocols as people loitering around the town could be seen hardly today while the town wore completely deserted look.
It would be a wise decision on the part of the people mainly those dealing in various business including vegetable vendors and dealers outside of Kangpokpi from across the state not to visit the town as Kangpokpi is no more a safe zone with the likelihood and threat of community spread while it will be also for personal safety and for the denizens of Kangpokpi DHQs as well as to prevent the spread of the disease.
As on August 3 till filing of this report, the cumulative number of COVID-19 positive case in Kangpokpi District stands at 280 out of which 141 have been cured and discharged while the active case stands at 139 with two reported death in the district.