Most districts lack necessary equipments to fight COVID-19 pandemic: NPF

Most districts lack necessary equipments to fight COVID-19 pandemic: NPF
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Dimapur, March 26: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has again questioned the preparedness of the State Government to fight the COVID-19 while citing non-availability of necessary equipments in some district headquarters and sub divisions.
In a press release, the NPF press bureau said it is not convinced by the reply given by the State Chief Secretary that Nagaland Government is prepared for any eventuality. “The party is not convinced as his reply on many of the questions raised by the NPF remains unanswered,” it said.
The NPF said the party had entrusted all its Divisional president to find out the details of preparedness in each district headquarter and sub-divisional headquarters, and the reports from them was telling.
Citing reports from its divisional presidents, the NPF claimed that there is no proper COVID-19 testing centres in Tuensang, Noklak, Dimapur, Phek, Mon, Tseminyu, Peren, Wokha, Longleng and Mokokchung.
On availability of testing kits, thermal scanners, masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, the NPF said in Tuensang there is no testing kits, only one thermal scanner and there is no response to the demand for 10 more scanners, while there is insufficient masks, gloves and hand sanitizers.
Noklak – No testing kits, the above items were managed by the doctors, Dimapur – None is available, Phek – None is available, Mon – Available only for hospital staff, Tseminyu – None is available, Peren -None is available, Wokha – one Thermal scanner, shortage of other items, Longleng – None is available, Mokokchung – Not sufficient.
On whether protective equipments are supplied to doctors and nurses and those people working in the frontline, the NPF report claimed that in Tuensang – 14 items available and require more, Noklak -Nothing received, Dimapur – None is available, Phek – nothing received, Mon – 19 items available and require more, Tseminyu – nothing received, Peren – No proper equipment’s are supplied, Wokha – nothing received, Longleng – nothing received, Mokokchung – Not sufficient.
On whether there are ICU facilities available in the district hospitals, the NPF report said there is no ICU facility in Tuensang, Noklak, Dimapur, Phek, Mon, Tseminyu, Peren, Wokha, Longleng and Mokokchung.
On 24/7 control rooms in the district hospitals, it claimed that there is no such control rooms in Phek, Tseminyu, Peren and Longleng.
Taking all these into account, the NPF urged the Government of the day to immediately act and make available all the necessary equipments in all the district headquarters and sub-divisions so that no one including doctors and nurses are affected due to lack of equipments. (Page News Service)