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Dimapur, April 1: Amidst total lockdown in Dimapur till the midnight of April 3, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi has exempted all Medicine Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies from lockdown in Dimapur.
In an order issued today, the DC said the medical shops are to remain open as per normal business hours.
Interestingly, the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur in his on March 31, had imposed total restriction of public and vehicular movement in Dimapur district till midnight of April 3.
In his order, the Commissioner of Police had stated that situation has arisen which warrants for further strict movement of public in order to ensure self isolation and social distance in public places as ordered by the Government of Nagaland.
The DC, in his order, issued today has not made clear, as to how the public would come out of their homes to purchase medicines, when their movement have been restricted by an order issued earlier by the Commissioner of Police.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the medicine dealers said they would go ahead and open their shops from tomorrow onwards.
In an urgent press release, the Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) has expressed its sincere thanks to the administration and the police for understanding the gravity of the situation and opening the medicine wholesale and retail shops in public interest with the able initiative of Assistant Drug Controller of Dimapur.
The NMDA has assured the public and the government of rendering its best possible services to the needy people at this critical moment, which we are passing through. The chemist and druggist are also directed to wear mask, gloves and keep hand sanitizers with them while operating their shops and also to maintain social distancing.
(Page News Service)