Ukhrul town on Monday carried out its first random Covid-19 testing by district healthcare services headed by Dr Julianah Thotreichon, DSO, Ukhrul. The test was assisted by Ukhrul police, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL) and Tangkhul Co-ordination Forum on Covid-19 (TCFC) volunteers.
A review statement issued by Dr Julianah said the random testing in Ukhrul town was a success.
It was reported that a total of 124 persons were tested out of which five were screened out as Covid-19 positive in the epicenter of Ukhrul town’s, Viewland with highest footfall from different localities and villages of Ukhrul district to meet their daily essential needs.
Dr Julianah Thotreichon said that the healthcare team tested customers arriving from different places in Punjab National Bank and UCO bank situated at Viewland were all tested negative. It also included staff of PNB bank and UCO bank including the security staff. Test for salesperson of all pharmacy located at Viewland and Wino bazaar dealing with higher number of customer on a daily basis were also done, including shopkeepers and daily wage earners and random passersby and all of them tested negative. One person from a popular fish shop and pan shop owner in Viewland tested positive.
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The DSO, Ukhrul expressed word of appreciation and thanked Ukhrul Police, TMNL, TCFC volunteers, her nursing staff for their dedication and hard work inspite of the hot weather and difficulties in donning the PPE under the hot sun, they have shown great enthusiasm to work for the containment of Covid-19 in our community, she added.
Special thanks was given to Banwari Babu who provided refreshment to get the random test going for medical staff, police and volunteers when they were exhausted.
Dr Julianah thanked all the people who cooperated and got themselves tested and also apologised for the inconveniences caused to people by the random testing at market places, saying it was meant for betterment and larger interest of the community.