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COVID-19: NIDA plea against filing RTI, PIL

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Dimpur, June 1: The Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) has appealed to all concerned thinking of filing RTI or PIL to take into consideration that the entire State medical department is fully engaged in hectic preparation and combating the COVID-19 pandemic
In a press release, NIDA president Dr Ritu Thurr and secretary Dr Ahu Sekhose said the association is in solidarity with any group that strives to bring transparency in the functioning of the department for the welfare of the public.
“Whereas, filling of RTI or PIL cannot be stopped, the compilation of detailed information is causing disruption in the functioning of the office, when the entire department missionary is fully engaged in hectic preparation and combating the Covid-19 pandemic with time being the most crucial factor, hence, the association appeals to all concerned parties to take this critical situation into consideration,” it appealed.
The NIDA also expressed strong displeasure for the PIL against selective department officials by name, saying this adversely affects the moral and motivation of not only the concerned officials but also across the rank and file of the department.
On PPEs, the NIDA said in the initial period there was shortage of PPE’s all over the world and there was wide spread apprehension even of the availability of the products. In view of the urgency, it said the department procured the PPE’s which were available in the market at that particular point of time.
“It is learnt that other States have also procured the same kind of PPE’s and have been put to use effectively. Because of the timely procurement, coupled with rigorous training on PPE’s, the department is now in a better position to face the unfolding challenges of Covid-19 pandemic,” it said.
NIDA further expressed gratitude to the people of the State for the cooperation in the fight against the pandemic and said it will appreciate constructive criticism and support of all the stake holders and the public even in the days ahead. (Page News Service)