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Invest in teaspoon and get back in shovel: Kikheto

Nagaland News

Tells Medziphema health workers to “be mentally prepared for COVID war”

DIMAPUR, MAY 17: Nodal Officer for Dimapur COVID related activities, Y Kikheto Sema (IAS) along with Commissioner Police Dimapur Rothihu Tetseo IPS, ADC, Dimapur, Athoke Aye and Deputy CMO, Dimapur, Dr Antoly, visited the COVID Care Center (CCC) at New DC Complex Chumukedima today to take stock of the functioning of the CCC.

On learning about the plight of 33 COVID positive inmates who were mostly poor migrant labourers including Naga people, who do not have facilities for home isolation and “servants helping Naga families”, Sema appealed to churches/NGOs and various organizations to bear their “fooding expenses for some days weeks/months if not for whole time”.
“Invest in teaspoon and get back in shovel, and this is the right place where we can invest as mission work”, Kikheto said. He maintained that prayer alone will not help but prayer along with work will be more blessed.
A DIPR report informed that Team Dimapur is catering to the inmates of CCC at the rate of Rs 350 per head per day and if anyone one willing to help can contact the District Task Force Dimapur.
Maintaining social distance, Kikheto consoled the positive patients at CCC and told them to be bold and not to worry while reminding God was with them.
The team also visited Medziphema Community Health Centre where Advisor Zhaleo Rio was also seen creating awareness and encouraging the people to take the vaccination provided free of cost by the Government. Taking advantage of the Advisor’s presence, Sema expressed gratitude and appealed to him to convey to the members/authority about the enormous responsibility Dimapur was shouldering and the need for huge resources.
Sema explained that Dimapur being the gateway to Nagaland, all travelers/returnees entering Nagaland are monitored after which positive people are kept at Dimapur while the people with negative COVID status are sent to their respective destination.
He also advised the people not to listen to negative rumours about COVID vaccination and encouraged them to take the doses. “If vaccination was not safe why should the PM, CM, elected members including me take the vaccination?” Kikheto asked.
Impressed with the functioning of Medziphema CHC, Sema commented that it was one of the most well maintained health centres and asked the health workers to be mentally prepared for COVID war and to get minimum of 15 COVID beds ready though the ratio of COVID cases at Medziphema was comparatively small (80 cases) compared to DImapur with 2300 positive cases.
At Niuland, the team met and interacted with the ADC, Niuland, and health workers where Sema appreciated the low rate of positive cases at Niuland. However, on learning that sample survey has not been conducted, the Nodal Officer requested the Deputy CMO, Dimapur, to undertake sample survey in the entire area, especially in the boundary belt.
He further advised the people not to come in Dimapur city except for unavoidable emergency but asked them to rather go to their fields with proper SOPs and work.

With regards to the ongoing vaccination, Kikheto was informed that the people of Niuland could not do the mandatory online registration due to poor network connectivity. As such the villagers queried whether vaccination could be administered without online registration and to which Sema assured to take up the issue with the higher authority.
Sema, in his capacity as Nodal Officer Dimapur for COVID related activities, cautioned that he will not tolerate ill-treatment of any frontline worker particularly health workers and appealed to all concerned people to continue to uphold them in their prayers during such challenging times. (Page News Service)