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Dimapur, March 26: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today released an amount of Rs 38 lakhs from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for exigency expenses to combat COVID-19. Out of this, an amount of Rs 2 lakhs each was given to Naga Students’ Union Bangalore, DRC Nagaland House, Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati for exigency expenses to help displaced Nagas.
The Nagaland Civil Service Association has also reportedly donated Rs. 50,000 each to 11 districts to combat the virus.
Meanwhile, the spokespersons for State Government, Minister for Planning and Coordination, Neiba Kronu and Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom held a briefing on the preparedness of the state Government on Corona Virus in Nagaland and said the state Government is closely monitoring the situation.
Till now 2192 persons have been put under home quarantine and are being closely monitored.
The State Govt has identified COVID-19 hospitals in Kohima, Dimapur & Mokokchung and separate places for quarantine have also been identified in Kohima and Dimapur. Similar arrangements have also been made in all the other districts. Out of 13 samples that were sent for testing, results for 5 are negative and the remaining results are awaited as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
Strict vigil is being maintained by the District Administration on the availability of essential commodities and all the districts have reported that the situation is comfortable.
The Deputy Commissioners of those districts bordering the state of Assam have been further advised to remain in close contact with their counterparts so that any issue or problem arising in the inter-state supply chain is addressed promptly.
A review meeting was also held with the District Task Force headed by the Deputy Commissioners and other senior officials of all Districts with the Chief Minister through video conferencing to ascertain the updated status of the medical facilities in the districts, the status on availability of essential goods, commodities and also regarding the adherence to the prohibitory measures by the people.
Fervent appeal was made to the people of the State to strictly abide by the containment measures and advisories issued by the Government for enforcing COVID-19 lockdown.
All the citizens of the State have been requested to remain in their own homes and to come out only when absolutely unavoidable for the purposes of buying essential goods and commodities. Social distancing should be maintained.
Cooperation and support was sought to enforce the lockdown as this is the only way of effectively containing the spread of this dreaded virus.
In the meantime, the Health and Family Welfare Department has requested to deploy police in all the designated quarantine facilities and COVID-19 hospital isolation wards.
The State Unit of BJP in a release this evening through its president, Temjen Imna Along said the Janta curfew and the subsequent lockdown has been imposed for people’s safety and while people stay at home there are people out fighting for people in the frontline and they are medical professionals, administration and State police who have been risking their lives to protect the citizens. He appreciated the efforts of people who are in the frontline.
“Taking this opportunity I assure you that the PDA Government is doing all we can to assist our medical fraternity in the best way possible and even through there may be lapses, those matters are being looked into with utmost priority and urgency keeping in mind the seriousness of the issue. We are closely monitoring and coordinating with the frontline workers through medical department and supporting them as best as we can.” Temjen said.
The saffron leader also conveyed gratitude to all the frontline workers for working round the clock to prevent the spread of the virus. (Page News Service)