NBCC special hour of prayer on May 22
KOHIMA, MAY 19: The High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 in Nagaland today extended the ongoing State-wide total lockdown till May 31 while the Nagaland Baptist Church Council has set ‘special hour of prayer’ on May 22.
The State Government had imposed the current 7-day total lockdown from May 14-21 to curb the rapid increase of the infection.
However, there has not been any respite even during the total lockdown period of 5 days.
Positive cases increased from 17,531 on May 14 to 18,958 till today, an increase of 1,427 cases. Altogether 44 deaths have been reported increasing the death toll from 190 to 234 during the same period.
In this connection, an emergency meeting of the HPC held Wednesday in the conference hall of the Chief Minister’s Residential Complex, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the State since the imposition of the State-ide total lockdown, stated a release issued by Government Spokespersons on COVID-19 Neiba Kronu and Mmhonlumo Kikon.
After reviewing the current situation and taking into account the consistent rise of COVID-19 positive cases in the State the HPC decided to extend the State-wide total lockdown with the existing conditions till May 31, 2021.
With regard to functioning of educational institutions, the HPC decided that on completion of summer break on May 21, the schools shall be allowed to resume online classes from May 24 as per the detailed SOPs which would be brought out by the School Education Department.
The HPC decided that a centralised depot of Oxygen cylinders will be created in Chumukedima Police Complex for efficient distribution and to minimise turn around time in refilling the cylinders, they said.
Zonal depots shall also be set up in strategic locations across the State, the meeting decided.
In order to check the spread of the virus in rural areas, the HPC resolved to put in place a system of community surveillance through ASHA workers as well as Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM) and other volunteers of the civil society organizations, which would be coordinated by the respective District Task Forces.
The resultant vacancies of doctors and nurses under National Health Mission caused due to recent recruitment of 56 doctors in the State would be filled up by engaging suitable professionals on a temporary basis, they said.
Meanwhile, amid the continuous surge of positive cases and demise of infected patients, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has called upon the Baptist believers to rise to the occasion by uniting together in fervent prayer by setting aside a special hour of prayer on May 22.
In this, NBCC general secretary Reverend Zelhou Keyho said that the prayer schedule be in the form of Prayer Walk from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. for Church leaders and an hour of united family prayer from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to remember to pray for the world, nation, state, leaders, healthcare workers, community and families.
In appreciation and response to the timely call for a statewide prayer on May 22 by Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF), the Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) has notified all brigades, battalions, units, and region churches under CNC to comply with the call of NJCF.
The CNC also appealed to all the denominational churches, prayer groups, prayer warriors and responsible Christians in Nagalim and Nagas living abroad to do the same-by way of holding ‘prayer walk’ in their localities and ‘family prayer time’ on the said day and time.
It also appealed to prepare and conduct ‘chain of prayer’ in the month of June, so that, there will be no more deaths in Nagalim because of this pandemic, and all those infected by the deadly virus may be healed completely in the mighty name of Jesus. (Page News Service)