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CYF dismayed by new SOP to send all returnees to districts

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Dimapur, June 2: The Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) has expressed dismay at what it alleged is the “insensitive attitude and irresponsibility” of the Nagaland Chief Minister towards the appeal and demand made by the front over the plight of COVID-19 pandemic case in the State.
The CYF was reacting to the new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Government for sending all returnees to their respective districts, including those tested positive that does not require hospitalization and are fit to travel.
In a press release, CYF president Lhuvesayi Lohe and general secretary Nyitso Therie said, “We want to clearly point out that we are not averting to taking back our own people to our district. But we are deeply concerned that all the returnees entering Nagaland should be properly tested and segregated if found positive (Covid-19) and treated at the Covid hospitals with better facilities. We only demanded for equipping our district with basic health care facilities such as BSL-3, additional ventilators, sufficient PPEs and other essential equipments to tackle the pandemic. But the government turned a deaf ear to our demands without any response or acknowledgement till date. Instead, a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) came into place for sending all returnees to their respective districts, including those tested positive that does not require hospitalization and are fit to travel.”
In this context, though positive thought is emphasized, yet the reality is the grave danger lurking at our corridor, with exponential growth or community spreading of covid-19 cases on the rise in the state, which is all set to be imported to the interior districts and villages which are not equipped with basic health care facilities and manpower. It is like our Government is waiting for a doomsday,” it stated.
Strongly reminding that it cannot afford to remain blind to anymore negligence and lapses due to the shortsightedness, lack of concern or consultation with the stakeholders in Phek District, the CYF warned that the State’s highest office and related concerned authorities will be held responsible and accountable for any untoward spreading and eventualities that may arise in the near future. (Page News Service)

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