Cannot tackle COVID-19 strictly by rules: CM

Cannot tackle COVID-19 strictly by rules: CM
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Nagaland to review SOP on June 1
Dimapiur, May 29: Nagaland Chief Minister, Niephiu Rio on Friday maintained that one cannot go strictly by rules in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as everyday rules keep changing as per the situation of that day.
“The present pandemic is a human problem, where one cannot go strictly by the rules. Every day it keeps on changing as per the situation of that day,” he said during a visit to Ganeshnagar institutional quarantine centre (IQC) on Friday.
Rio informed that the standard operating procedure (SOP) will be reviewed at a Cabinet meeting to be convened next Monday, informed the State Department of Information & Public Relations.
With more stranded Naga people arriving from other States, accommodation is becoming a challenge, specially for Dimapur, as out of the 18,000 plus returnees, Dimapur district has to shoulder the responsibility of housing more than 70 %. In view of this, the State Cabinet had in its meeting held on May 19 decided to convert the Industrial Estate at Ganeshnagar into IQC.
The Chief Minister visited the IQC at Ganeshnagar on Friday to take stock of the ongoing renovation works. The infrastructures in the industrial estate has been left abandoned for several years now as no potential Naga entrepreneurs came forward to stay and work there.
Rio informed that the Government will support the quarantinees at Ganeshnagar by imparting motivational training on business entrepreneurship to those who desire to stay in Nagaland and earn their living. He emphasized on focusing in Agri & Allied, entrepreneurship, sports, tourism, etc in building the economy and informed that a strategy group has been set up and it is working on it.
The CM also informed that henceforth if anyone plans to go and work outside Nagaland, he or she has to register with the Government. Unless this is done, the State Government will not be responsible, he said adding the Government will discuss and take decision very soon in this regard.
Mentioning that Nagas in mainland India has started arriving, Rio informed that accommodation set ready in place comes to around 4500 presently including Ganeshnagar. All the Minister in-charge, legislator teams are doing good work but Dimapur is getting the major burden and for which it was decided to use Ganeshnagar, he said.
On the 25 COVID positive cases detected from the Chennai special train returnees, he reminded that COVID 19 is a global pandemic and strongly felt that there should not be any blame game and social stigma attached. “As a family we must all welcome them and also to those who are yet to arrive, let us welcome them with love,” he urged.
Rio appreciated and thanked the tireless efforts rendered by the front line workers including the district administration, police, civil societies, DTF, NGOs, churches and the public in general. “We have to fight Corona virus unitedly,” he added.
The chief minister also thanked the Nagaland Police, from the DGP to all rank and files, for making Ganeshnagar IQC possible for habitation in record time. He donated Rs 5 lakh to honour and acknowledge the jawans with a barakhana.
In the programme, PHED Minister, Jacob Zhimomi highlighted the issue of shortage of medical staffs at Dimapur to which the Health & Family Welfare Minister Pangyu Phom assured to send additional medical team by next week.
Rio and his entourage visited all the 3 sectors where sector A and B has been completed with everything put in place with a capacity to house around 600 persons. The 3rd sector which has total capacity for accommodating another 600 people would be ready by next week.
DGP Nagaland, John Longkumer highlighted on the command flow chart, items to be provided to the inmates on arrival, expenditure incurred in renovating the Industrial Estate and budget requirement for catering, police mess and sanitation and scavenging duty. Longkumer also suggested to the empowered committee for sending quarantinees in large numbers at Ganeshnagar instead of sending in small batches.
Hosts of Ministers and Advisors including Neiba Kronu, Imna Along, Zhaleo Rio, Sukhalu, MLA Azheto , DIG Training Aotemsu, DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi IAS, CP Dimapur Rothihu Tetseo IPS were among others who were present during Chief Minister’s visit to Ganeshnagar. (Page News Service)