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H&FW Minister’s 1st press conference since pandemic; Govt.’s COVID “management” echoed

Pangyu press conf

KOHIMA, JUNE 4: Nagaland is experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all together fighting it with all our resources, said Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom adding that this time the virus is much more virulent than it was last time.

“Our Health Care Workers and Front-Line workers are performing their duties, working for long hours under stress and remaining away from their families for long times, at risk to their personal well-being. Private Hospitals have also come forward and taken the responsibility and are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Government Hospitals”, said Phom during a press conference at the Directorate of HWF here today.
In this, while expressing that the support extended by the churches and the civil society-based organisations has been encouraging, Phom said “We need their continued support to ensure that the spread to the rural areas is minimized”.
Maintaining that there has been loss of many families, friends and colleagues in this fight, he extended deepest condolences to them.
At the same time, we have to continue fighting this war together and we shall win it together, he said.
Asserting that the Government has taken a number of steps to fight the pandemic, he said “Knowing fully that oxygen therapy is a critical requirement of COVID management, we have procured cylinders and at the moment we have nearly 5 times the oxygen cylinders capacity than we had before the second wave hit us”.
With the help of Government of India, the State has also operationalised 3 PSA Oxygen Plants at Kohima, Mokokchung and Dimapur. Plants at other district headquarters and the CIHSR are also being set-up, he said.
More than 1500 oxygen concentrators have been tied up for the health facilities up to the level of PHC, he said.
“We have overhauled our supply chain, setting up a State Depot and a Zonal Depot for unhindered and sufficient availability of oxygen”, he said.
Expressing that there was an acute requirement of oxygen supplied hospital beds at Dimapur, Phom said the Government is grateful to the private hospitals and CIHSR for joining hands with the Department to meet the demand as on date.

While private hospitals come forward, the Government also extended full support by ensuring oxygen supply, providing cylinders, concentrators and ventilators to the private hospitals, he said.
“We are also in the process of setting up a 200-bed Acute Care Facility at the CIHSR campus on war footing. This will be a pre-engineered modern structure, which will continue to be used as a medical facility after we are done with COVID-19. This will be an additional asset to Dimapur and Nagaland”, said Minister Phom.
(Page News Service)