Dimapur, May 22: Minister, PHED Jacob Zhimomi, on Friday formally launched the “Mask Awareness Campaign,” a joint initiative of Dimapur Municipal Council and team A Better Dimapur to make the denizen aware of the impact of using masks so as to keep themselves safe from the coronavirus.
Speaking on the launching programme here at The Garden, Super Market, Dimapur, Zhimomi said that coronavirus has not only caught Nagaland unprepared but also the rest of the world and yet the government has left no stone unturned despite the limited resources and limited time to equip itself to fight against the pandemic.
He said that there are criticisms against the government that it has not made available standard medical equipments but the government has done its best to procure them and the state is better prepared today.
Describing Dimapur a “buffer district” he said that the district has the enormous responsibility to also cater to the needs of the other districts and everything cannot be left on the instructions of the government, and thus there is a need for everyone to take responsibility.
He said that the only medicine available right now to fight against COVID-19 is prevention and this message needs to be taken forward.
APC and COVID-19 In-charge Y. Kikheto Sema (IAS) in his address said that Dimapur is a mini-India and this makes its responsibility and challenges greater than other districts; also, at the same time, the state cannot function without Dimapur.
“Let’s not do different things but do things differently,” he said and added that the best medicine out there is to wear mask, wash hands regularly, and maintain social distancing.
DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi on the occasion said that virus is going to stay but life has to go on and to get back to normal life, one has to inculcate certain habits of which using masks, washing hands, and social distancing are the most important.
Rothihu Tetseo, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur who also spoke on the occasion said that citizen participation is very important at this juncture and all the NGOs need to work together for Dimapur.
On the occasion, masks were distributed to different sections of the society including for those in quarantine, the vendors, the drivers and so on. Zhimomi on his part donated a fogging machine to be used to sanitize the public places in Dimapur. (Page News Service)