Says, Dimapur district doing well so far in COVID-19 preparedness
Dimapur, April 28: Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio today said that the first lockdown was successful and the second lockdown is due to expire on May 3 with partial relaxation particularly in the Green Zone and called upon everyone to educate the public and follow the guidelines of social distancing.
Addressing Dimapur district administration, Police, medical department and members of the special Committee Dimapur in the presence of Minister Health and Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom, his other colleagues and advisors and other officials including the Chief Secretary Nagaland and Secretary Health and Family Welfare in the conference Hall of Commissioner Police Dimapur after his visit to Dimapur District Hospital, the Chief Minister said Dimapur district was doing well so far in regards to preparedness on COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged everyone to continue to work not only for Dimapur but for the whole State.
Rio said that although Nagaland do not have the presence of much factories and industries, yet the shops and construction works needs to be regulated for economic activities.
He said besides COVID, monsoon was also fast approaching and therefore roads and other works needs to be activated.
Rio also said that agricultural activities has to continue including lifting of machineries, sowing, harvesting as per directive from the Central Government. While reminding that 70% of Naga population comprises of farmers Rio said, “When farmers do not sow there will be no harvest.”
The Chief Minister also noted that all construction activity materials are transported to Nagaland from other States and from Dimapur these materials and essential commodities including skilled and unskilled workers come via Dimapur. In this regard, Rio advised the administration, police leaders, for formulating policy to function best for the convenience and betterment of all.
Rio also expressed gratitude and satisfaction with the mark improvement of Dimapur COVID 19 hospital as compared to the status during his last visit on April 3 last. Lot of good things has happened, Rio observed. Quoting WHO that the virus would stay for a long time, Rio said, “Our preparedness should be ready for today if not tomorrow.”
Rio acknowledged and expressed his appreciation to the citizens of Dimapur, the district administration, Police, Medical, Members of the special committee, NGOs, Churches, various departments and all the people involved for working so hard thus far in containing COVID 19.
Rio also lauded the Ministers and Advisors for their support and cooperation in the fight against Corona virus and expected that they would continue to play their role. The Chief Minister also expressed special appreciation to the Minister Health & Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom for his full involvement, working day and night, visiting several districts and bringing out orders for containing the pandemic.
Chief Secretary Nagaland, Temjen Toy observed that isolation beds needs to be increased stating that more people would be admitted in the isolation wards than COVID hospital. He explained that COVID suspects would first be kept in the isolation wards and only after the patient test for COVID positive will be taken in the COVID 19 hospital.
He also acknowledged the performance and arrangements of Dimapur district in containing the virus so far and said that support of NGOs and civil societies was needed at all fronts. Toy however reminded the district administration that under no circumstances can they substitute the Government.
DC Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, CP Dimapur Rothihu Tetseo IPS and Special Committee Convenor also APC and Commissioner Secretary Agriculture, Kikheto IAS also apprised the Chief Minister and his entourage about the arrangements and preventive measure enforced in Dimapur city for containing the pandemic. (Page News Service)