Dimapur, May 20: At a time when more cases of Covid-19 are being reported in the Northeast, particularly in Manipur, the Angami Youth Organization (AYO) has questioned the Health & Family Welfare Department as to why it has withdrawn its personnel from Khuzama check gate.
Quoting reports, the AYO stated that the medical team arrived at the said check gate on March 24, but were aid to be withdrawn on May 14 last.
“The reported claim on shortage of medical staff following the arrival of the returnees at the quarantine centres does not justify nor bring out any valid reason as to why entry check gates to the state have to be ignored,” it said.
Stating that the entry and the exit points to the state are crucial areas to combat the disease, the AYO felt that one should always be vigilant at the check gates.
Khuzama shares its border with Manipur; likewise, the check gate at this village remains as a vital entry and exit point to the state.
Till date, Nagaland is placed under the green zone category, but there is a fear that the virus could be imported from other states.
The AYO feels that more efforts and attention should be given in manning the check gates. Without providing the required facilities and necessary equipments, the frontline workers are struggling, and one feels sorry for them as they have to undergo a difficult task, even to the extent of risking their lives, it stated.
Now that the Union Home Ministry has allowed inter-State movement, the AYO appealed to the government and the concerned authorities to immediately set up proper screening facilities, and further deploy a medical team at Khuzama check gate in order to take stock of the situation, which the organisation feel is in the best interest of the public.
The AYO insisted upon the government to put in place more stringent measures in the fight against the pandemic, for the well being of the entire populace of the Naga society. (Page News Service)