Kohima, May 28: The Eastern Nagaland People Organization (ENPO) has demanded immediate disciplinary action against officials involved in the “deliberate” violation of SOP and forcefully transporting stranded people to Tuensang.
The organization in a letter to the Chief Minister demanded immediate disciplinary action against those Government officials involved in sending a COVID-19 patient along with 168 passengers back to Tuensang from Kohima without waiting for results of their test samples endangering lives.
It also demanded the Government to send more medical doctors and experts to the four districts -Tuensang, Kiphire, Mon and Longleng – and sanction required fund for the four districts for handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter signed by ENPO president, Kekongchim and general secretary, Manalang Phom said they are outraged by the discrimination and mistreatment meted to its people. They said in a case of absolute mismanagement and utter negligence and discrimination, verging on criminal carelessness in the handling of COVID-19 cases by the State authority, a COVID-19 patient along with other passengers were sent to Tuensang without waiting for the test results.
“The undersigned on behalf of the people representing 6.5 lacs population of Eastern Nagaland under the aegis of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO), living in the most remote corner of the State of Nagaland would like to sincerely appeal the Hon’ble Chief Minister for an immediate disciplinary action against those government officials involved in intentional mismanagement and discrimination towards Eastern Nagaland by sending a COVID-19 patient along with 168 passengers back to Tuensang from Kohima without waiting for results of their test samples, possibly endangering the lives of many,” the ENPO leaders stated.
The ENPO also demanded immediate setting up of BSL-3 at Tuensang as committed by the State Cabinet, setting up required isolation wards in the four districts and upgradation of daily status report to the district in-charge legislators in order to ensure proper coordination.
The Khiamniugan Students’ Union (KSU) has also taken strong exception to ferrying of returnees to Tuensang before their test results were out. They demanded that all returnees be tested and after confirmation of results send to their districts.
The union further demanded sufficient supply of PPEs for Noklak Division stating that they have been guarding the international borders without proper PPEs. It also asked the Government for required equipments and kits for Noklak Division.
Meanwhile according to sources, the four tested COVID-19 positive are asymptomatic patients, and that their conditions are stated to be stable. (Page News Service)