DIMAPUR, MAY 18: Nagaland Government is “not thinking” of using Churches or its facilities as COVID Care Centres or COVID Hospitals, according to the General Secretary of Nagaland Baptist Church Council, Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho.
Speaking to Nagaland Page after a video conference with Chief Secretary J Alam, senior officers, State COVID-19 War Room members and other representatives of church bodies, Keyho shared that the Government is not contemplating such a move yet.
“People think that the Church should be given as COVID Care Centres or COVID Hospitals. But the Government said, ‘That is not what we are thinking’. They said that it has to be professionally managed. They seem to have enough facilities for now,” he said.
According to him, what the State Government wants the Church to do now is to educate the people about the false information being circulated in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“They want us to educate our members that they are not putting any chip. And it is not the mark of the beast. The Vaccine is safe,” said the Reverend.
The Church representatives also suggested the Government to make use of All India Radio, Doordarshan, and the local newspapers to counteract the false information, he added.
Meanwhile, an official update informed that the topics of discussion during the video conference were education and awareness on COVID-19 and health-appropriate behaviour; Church volunteers to provide assistance as support staff and services in the management of COVID-19 Care Centres; and training and dissemination of COVID-appropriate information.
“The Church leaders expressed willingness to come forward wholeheartedly to work with Government agencies to fight the pandemic together,” the update stated.
The representatives of church bodies were from Nagaland Baptist Church Council, Diocese of Kohima, Catholic Church, Nagaland Christian Revival Church and Pentecostal Church at this video conference.
(Page News Service)