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Govt likely to seek use of Churches infra to accommodate returnees


Dimapur, May 15: The Government of Nagaland is likely to request the Churches in Nagaland for use of its infrastructure, specially the Church rest houses, for accommodating stranded citizens arriving Nagaland from various states of India.
This was revealed by Government COVID-19 in-charge for Dimapur, Y Kikheto Sema IAS on May 15 during the launch of Christian Forum Dimapur’s (CFD) COVID-19 campaign under the theme “Protect yourself to prevent others”.
To carry the campaign forward, Kikheto officially launched the COVID-19 stickers and 50,000 masks to be distributed to frontline workers and the poor and needy.
Taking advantage of the presence of all the CFD executive members on the occasion, Kikheto appealed to the Church leaders to have a meeting to help the Government use the Churches infrastructure, specially the church rest houses for accommodating stranded brothers and sisters arriving Nagaland from various states of India, as they have to undergo the health protocols for the safety and interest of all.
“At the end of the day, the Government may request the churches to take responsibility of accommodating their church members where the Government would the assist for providing food and other necessities,” he said.
He also lauded the private schools and college associations Dimapur for coming forward to help the Government with their hostels.
Kikheto was also all praise for the non-Nagas (Marwaris Jains, Agarwals and other Samaj) for coming forward and offering to help their people in accommodation, food and all other necessities on their own
Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, re-iterated on the importance of washing hands, wearing masks, maintaining social distance and dubbed these 3 steps as the golden rule to keep away the virus. “If we follow these rules sincerely there will be no issues and we will be in the right track,” Kinchi said.
Although large number of people would be arriving Dimapur, Anoop assured that everything would be fine if people are discipline and advised them not to panic. “Together we can definitely fight the pandemic,” he said.
Commissioner of Police Rothihu Tetseo emphasized on the important role of religious institutions in educating the people not to panic and to offer healing touch and prayer support at this critical juncture. He observed that many stranded people are and would be arriving without proper food, depressed and worn out and felt that spiritual healing through the Church would ease their emotional stress to some extent.
Citing burial issue, Tetseo also hinted that Nagas would face a lot of problem if the worst situation comes. He added that religious institutions/ churches should be ready and prepared to even carry dead body if situation arises and that would be a real challenge for the Church.
Chief Medical Officer Dimapur, Dr Tiasunep said nobody knows when, where and how the invisible virus will come and reminded that the only defense against the coronavirus will be to follow the 3 rules of wearing masks, hand hygiene and social distancing. If every community educate their people on these rules it will not be a big outbreak, he added.
While informing that vaccine research is going very fast on a promising note, the CMO assured that the medical department will work harder in containing COVID-19. He admitted that most of the medical staffs are already burnt out working day and night for the past two to three months and appealed to the forum to pray for them in order to encourage and strengthen them.
Chairman, CFD, Rev. Moses Murry said, “Our fight is against an unseen virus and therefore, we have to fight with our faith in God along with the available human resources.”
Concerned about the increasing number of COVID positive cases in Assam, the CFD also appealed to the authority for proper and stringent checking/ manning of the borders.
Assuring of all cooperation in containing the pandemic, CFD said it will be creating awareness and will be distributing 50000 masks to the front line workers and the needy and also distribute COVID-19 car stickers.
It may be mentioned that 25000 masks was donated by the Diocese of Kohima Catholic Church, Bishop James Thoppil.
(Page News Service)