DMO proposes micro containment zones in Capital region

DA to go ahead with declarations

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, 5 May: Considering the surge of Covid-19 cases in certain localities of Itanagar Capital Region (ICR), the district medical authority has proposed that seven wards under the Capital Complex be placed as micro containment zones.

In a letter to the Capital deputy commissioner, ICR District Medical Officer Mandip Perme stated that as per the data received till now, Itanagar’s wards 6, 9 and 12 and wards 14, 15 and 18 in Naharlagun and ward 19 in Nirjuli should be declared as micro containment areas, considering the number of positive cases detected from these wards.

However, the DMO added that sector-wise demarcation should be done first to avoid haphazard and chaotic management.

The DMO also informed that contact tracing is being effectively done through mobile phones ever since new cases started being reported in the ICR.

In the meantime, ICR Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom has informed that the district administration is going ahead with the containment zone declarations.

Speaking to the press here on Wednesday, Potom said, “We are going ahead by declaring containment zones on the recommendation of the DMO. If things don’t improve, a partial lockdown will be imposed. We will follow the recommendation of health officials.”

He, however, said that the district administration will explore various options to stop the spread of Covid-19 and a “full lockdown is the last option and authorities will explore all options before it.”

Potom appealed to all the citizens of ICR to extend help to the DA to stop further spread of the virus.

“We have sought help from corporators too. Those living in the containment zones will be provided some kind of solution to meet their needs. We are working out a solution,” he added.

The DC also shared that two separate medical teams have been formed to conduct contact tracing in Naharlagun and Itanagar, respectively.

On the effectiveness of night curfew, he said it is definitely helping in the fight against Covid-19.

“First of all, it stops the unnecessary movement of people. Secondly, it sends out a strong message to the people to take Covid-19 seriously and follow SoPs. Lastly, throughout the night, we are making it clear to the citizens that the state government is seriously working to fight Covid-19,” said Potom.

He further acknowledged that some people are “evading Covid tests at check gates and illegally entering the state.”

“We have set up extra police pickets at Chimpu and Lekhi to check those who are entering the state by avoiding check gates,” he shared.