Kikheto Sema relieved from Dimapur COVID-19 duty
Dimapur, July 5: Ganesh Nagar Quarantine Centre, which was the biggest institutional quarantine centre in the state, was closed down on July 5 as all the inmates were released and sent to paid quarantine facilities. This was informed by Agriculture Production Commissioner, Y Kikheto Sema, who was also the in-charge for COVID-19 in Dimapur district at a press briefing today.
Kikheto, who has been relieved from the in-charge for COVID-19 activities in Dimapur District, informed that as on July 4 there are 601 inmates in institutional quarantine centres and 601 in paid quarantine facilities in Dimapur.
Talking about his experience in handling the COVID situation in Dimapur in the past three months, Kikheto said they had taken up a huge responsibility when the State Government decided to bring back stranded Nagas from different parts of the country. “We were very sure we will be inviting the virus when we decided to bring back the stranded Nagas to the State,” he said adding, “Within a limited time, limited infrastructure and limited manpower, we tried out best.”
He said his team had expected the returnees to behave and listen to the instructions and guidance of the State Government and frontline workers. He said many of them behaved so well and were disciplined, but some of them were not, but the situation in the quarantine centres were resolved by the frontline workers.
He said running so many quarantine centres was not an easy job, adding in some quarantine centres, the returnees had damaged the facilities provided to them.
He said the fight against COVID-19 is not yet over and emphasized on the need for disciplined citizenry in this collective fight against the virus.
“If all of us can sincerely adopt the safety protocols by following the three golden principles of social distancing, wear facemask and regularly sanitize/wash hands, then we shall overcome this pandemic with ease,” he said adding, “Successful fighting against this pandemic cannot be achieved through panic or stigma but careful yet tactful handling of the situation.
“We should continue to emphasize on the 4Cs of coordination, cooperation, confidence and contribution,” he said.
Giving updates on the total number of returnees, he stated that as on July 5, total number of returnees stand as 17,157 from different parts of the country, excluding the paramilitary and army personnel.
A total of 6800 arrived Nagaland by Special Trains, 4312 by normal trains, 2723 by flights, 2212 by buses, 612 by other vehicles and 498 through Khuzama Check Gate.
The APC said on successful completion of his three months mandated duties, he and his team from Kohima, W Honje Konyak, NCS, Secretary; Robert Longchari, NCS, Joint Secretary; T. Nungsang Sangtam, NCS, Joint Secretary and Warren Holohon Yepthomi, NCS, Deputy Secretary have been re-assigned to attend to their regular duties in Kohima.
He conveyed appreciation and gratitude to “Team Dimapur”, district administration, police, medical fraternity, various committees, churches, civil societies, NGOs, media fraternity, prayer warriors and all individuals involved in managing the pandemic, for their generosity and rendering their dedicated services and selfless sacrifice in this fight against COVID-19.
He also thanked Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS for reposing their faith on him and his team and provisioning all required resources as they embarked on this mission to fight against the pandemic and facilitate the returnees.
He also wished the Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner of Police, Chief Medical Officer, MS Dimapur and all officers of various committees such as accommodation, reception, food, transport, control room, officers in charge of the various QCs, nodal officers of the other districts, sanitation and all citizens involved in management of the pandemic the very best as they continue to fight against this pandemic and serve our people. (Page News Service)