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CM hints at extension of lockdown in Nagaland; Says the weeks ahead may be very difficult


KOHIMA, MAY 18: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today hinted the possibility of extending the ongoing total lockdown in the State if the situation requires.

With Nagaland seeing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases since the last week of April, the State Government had imposed total lockdown since May 15 for 7-days to control the chain of transmission. Four days into the lockdown, the State is seeing no improvement in the COVID situation, with Nagaland reporting over 300 daily new cases on a regular basis.
“We should be prepared that the lockdown may even be extended if the situation requires,” said Rio in a message to the people of Nagaland.
Stating that the country and Nagaland is in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, he said these are extraordinary times and all need to come together and work unitedly as one to combat the pandemic.
In Nagaland too the second wave has reached us with positive cases on the increase and several precious lives succumbed to the disease. It is a very painful time for every citizen, he said.
“Our state needs all of us to pull our forces together and every take possible action to combat the challenges ahead,” he said while asserting that the Government is making all ouy efforts to protect and care for its citizens.
Nagaland health care infrastructure was not adequate but in the past years the Government has been making significant investment resulting in improvements and up-gradation in healthcare facilities and strengthening health related human resources, he said.
In this, Rio extended gratitude to the Government of India (GoI) and all other well-wishers for enabling the State to improve and create new health facilities across the State.
He informed that a new full-fledged 176-bedded COVID-19 hospital will be soon set up in Dimapur district while the Government is also ramping up the COVID-19 vaccination drive with procurement of more vaccines.
The CM also appealed to all sections of the people from Church organizations, tribal hohos (bodies), political parties and NGOs to rise to the occasion and set aside all differences and work collectively as members of one team for the sake of the people of the State.
Appreciating the frontline workers, especially those of the medical fraternity, for working day and night by taking great risks to keep the people safe, Rio said in this time of crisis we need to extend all cooperation and assistance to ease their burden even by a small extent.
Maintaining that both private and Government medical facilities are doing commendable works, the CM urged them all not to be disheartened during the difficult period but rather continue to give the best in taking care of fellow citizens.
He also said that the citizens must also do their bit by following the COVID-19 appropriate behavior in their everyday life.
“We are presently in total lockdown, which is creating immense inconvenience but it is due to the extraordinary scenario,” he said, while seeking cooperation of all to ensure that the lockdown regulations are not compromised for the sake of our own safety and health.
“We have to be extra cautious and vigilant so that the disease does not spread to rural areas, which can have far reaching consequences. We know that the weeks and months ahead may be very difficult with greater challenges but let me assure you that we are all in this together,” he said.
Stating that every citizen is a member of team Nagaland, CM Rio was optimistic that “we will win this fight as one Naga family”, while also expressing confidence that with the positive cooperation of all sections and protection of God, Nagaland will overcome and emerge stronger.
“Together we shall overcome this pandemic. Stay Safe. Stay Home,” said Rio

Meanwhile, the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 Nagaland, headed by CM Rio, on Tuesday took stock of all COVID-19 related issues in all districts.
Government spokesperson on COVID-19 and Minister, Neiba Kronu, said the active coordination of the DTFs and the War Room will continue in order to address any immediate concerns in the districts.
He informed that during the meeting the financial support required, as presented by DTFs, has been taken note of and in addition to existing funds more will be provided depending on the requirements.
Asserting that the Government is vigilant and is proactively responding to the needs of each district as per the situational assessment provided by the DTF, he said the preparedness of all the districts with regards essential commodities are sufficient as of now.
(Page News Service)