Dimapur, May 12: The Kezekevi Thehou Ba has sought immediate intervention of Nagaland Governor to seize and recall all the sub-standard medical equipments (without label) procured for the purpose of COVID-19 to ensure the safety and preserve the life and liberty of the people of the state of Nagaland.
In Memorandum addressed to Governor of Nagaland, Chairman, Kezekevi Thehou Ba, Niketu Iralu, general secretary, Robert N Solo, Senior Members, Kuolachalie Seyie and Visedel Kin further demanded that inquiry/investigation must be initiated against officials responsible for procuring cheap quality medical equipments for COVID-19 and stern legal action against the officials on detection in cases of misappropriation of public funds and putting the lives of the people and healthcare professionals at risk.
“The undersigned are driven by the Constitutional obligations to issue this memorandum in the light of series questionable lapses detected in procurement of medical equipments by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland (hereinafter known as Dept. of H&FW for brevity sake) and also humbly seeking the indulgence of your benign Authority for seizure/recalling of all the sub-standard Covid-19 pandemic medical materials procured by the said department, which are now in the custody of the mentioned authority and in the designated COVID-19 hospitals in the State and pass directives for inquiry/investigation against the officials for procuring cheap quality medical equipments putting the lives of 2 million people at risk including the healthcare providers and for initiating stern legal action against the responsible officials in case of detection of misappropriation of public funds and,” the Memorandum stated.
The Kezekevi Thehou Ba stated that the urgent Memorandum has been necessitated in the light of the repeated hue and outcry of the concerned people with regard to substandard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being provided to the healthcare workers and the subsequent admission of lapses in procuring PPEs by the Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare under the pretext of “panic order and purchase” declared on 21.04.2020 at Kohima before the public to justify his department’s manipulations. Admission of lapses under crocodile’s tears in any way does not improve the quality of substandard Covid-19 pandemic medical materials procured and knowingly kept till date and which are ready for use.
Highlighting various lapses in the process of fact digging on procurement details of COVID-19 Medical equipments by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, the Kezekevi Thehou Ba urged the Governor to seize all the sub-standard Covid-19 medical materials and reject or recall all of them to ensure the safety of the “Life and Liberty” of the people of the State of Nagaland more in particularly to the medical fraternity, and, till such arrangement is made the healthcare workers may not be pushed to Covid-19 duty for their safety, since the healthcare workers in grass root fields cannot ventilate their grievances to the public as per the Chief Secretary Nagaland’s Advisory Order dated 15.04.2020 denying the public servants to speak against their respective authorities.
It also urged the Governor to ensure safety and security of the doctors and nurses. As the medical fraternity are terrified after the severe mindless assault by Police atrocities meted to two doctors when one of them was returning home after 17 hours of Covid-19 duty while the other too was returning home after his office.
It also urged the Governor to direct the appropriate authority to initiate inquiry/investigation against the officials responsible for procuring cheap quality medical equipment for COVID-19 putting the lives of millions at risk in the state and initiate stern legal action (s) against the officials in case of detection of misappropriation of public funds.
Further, the organization requested the Governor to take any other steps as he deems fit and proper in public interest and justice. (Full Text of Memorandum) (Page News Service)