Ensure COVID 19 outbreak do not reach Nagaland: AYO to Govt

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Dimapur, March 4: The Angami Youth Organization (AYO) has express serious concern over the global outbreak of COVID 19 (Corona Virus) and appealed to the Government of Nagaland to take all precautionary measures to save the Naga populace from the dreaded global outbreak.
In a press release, AYO expressed fear that if the virus reaches Nagaland, it will have devastating and irrevocable affects. The urgency to address the threatening situation is bolstered by the news that six confirmed cases have been reported in India now, which includes the city of New Delhi – home to thousands of migrant Naga scholars/students and working classes, it said.
Stating that Nagaland should be on its best foot to prevent the spread of the global catastrophe and take precautionary measures to protect Nagas from COVID19, AYO urged the Government and its concerned departments to initiate all necessary preventive measures and exercises, for which the organization assured its unconditional support.
AYO appealed to the State Government to take all precautionary measures including restricting issuance of permits to foreign tourist from COVID 19 affected countries till such time the virus is fully contained and a mandatory medical screening of air passengers in the airport initiated to detect virus carriers.
Modalities should also be worked out to detect or restrict railway, ISBT and taxi passengers by detailing specialized medical personnel in all transit check-points before entering the State, it suggested.
The AYO further suggested that widespread sensitization and outreach on the Corona Virus be initiated by the Government from the populated urban centres to every far-flung village to help people understand the predicament and also the basic preventive measures.
The need arise for the concerned departments including the Health & Family Welfare and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority to be well equipped with required machineries, infrastructure or medicines for combating the COVID19, it said.
It appealed to the State Government to look into this urgent impeding matter and if required, declare a state of emergency and initiate all possible precautionary measures to save the Naga populace from the dreaded global outbreak.
(Page News Service)