The Capital lockdown has helped in minimizing the rate of positivity : DMO

ITANAGAR, Jun 6: The Covid 19 positivity rate in the Itanagar capital region (ICR) has come down to 2.97% from the height of 14 %. Talking to the press here on Sunday the district medical officer (DMO) ICR Dr Mandip Perme said lockdown immensely helped to bring down the Covid 19 cases.

He said making best use of the lockdown the health department conducted a large-scale vaccination drive and tests for Covid 19 in the ICR. “In total 26186 tests including RAT, TRUENAT, RT PCR were conducted in the lockdown period from 10th May to 6th June. 1993 positive cases were detected. 17 cases of death were reported in DCH Chimpu,” informed DMO Dr. Perme.

Also during the lockdown, 30337 people received vaccines. “This includes 664 health care workers, 4992 field level workers, 2964 above 45 years and 21790 in the age category of 18 to 44 years. The vaccine stock for 18 to 44 years is over and will arrive shortly in the next few days. But it is available for above 45 years and frontline workers,” said DMO.

He further informed that bed occupancy at DCH, Chimpu and DCHC Midpu has come down in this period. “Now we need to continue to maintain Covid appropriate behaviour during partial lockdown to further bring down bed occupancy and positivity rate to 0%,” added Dr Perme.  

The DMO credited the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his cabinet colleagues that include home minister Bamang Felix, health minister Alo Libang, Forest Minister Mama Natung and education minister Taba Tedir for extending full support during the lockdown period.

“Support of MLA Techi Kaso, CS, Principal Secretary Health, Mayor Tame Phassang, Corporators, ZPMs and Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries, DC ICR Talo Potom and his team, SP and his team, health workers, police, magistrates, etc, have been crucial. Above all the citizens of ICR deserve acknowledgement,” said the DMO. He urged citizens to remain alert and continue to follow Covid 19 appropriate behavior.

The most and important tool to remain unaffected is to wear facemask and do not go to crowdy place and always sanitized both hands and always maintain cleanliness and hygiene and eat good foods and remain indoor if at all there is no urgency.

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