DIMAPUR, JULY 19: Minister for PWD (Mechanical & Housing), Tongpang Ozukum today disclosed that Nagaland has highest death rates in terms of Covid-19 as compared to other Northeastern states, while it is second lowest in testing.
Speaking at the sensitization programme on COVID testing and vaccination for the villages of Kohima Village, Chedema, Chedema Model, Tsabazou, Kijümetouma, Kijümetou Basa, Rüsoma and Dihoma, held at Kohima Village Council Hall, the Minister opined that late hospitalization and self treatment at home were a couple of factors for the rising mortality rate and appealed to the villagers to come forward honestly for testing and treatment if symptoms appear so that transmission of the disease can be curbed at the initial stage.
“If we are safe, we can save our family and the community. We must not fall victim to rumours and hearsay about the vaccines and maintain the SOPs religiously at all times as directed by the Government”, he said.
The Minister hoped that with the continued support of the frontal apex organizations under Kohima district, the district administration will be more prepared for the incoming third wave because the Government cannot fight this pandemic alone.
“This is the time for Kohima to lead by example. And as the intellectual hub and the district belonging to the most progressive people amongst the Nagas, we must show the way forward to others, be it in vaccination or in maintaining Government rules regarding COVID-19”, he further stated.
Tongpang also thanked the North Angami Public Organisation (NAPO) for relaying their mature decision to co-operate with the Government and district administration towards the fight against the pandemic.
Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, in his speech, asked the gathering to contemplate on how diligently one has been following the COVID appropriate behaviors and stressed on the importance of proper wearing of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.
He requested the gathering to overcome the fear of stigmatization or hiding the self test report but to disclose it for early treatment and safety of the people.
Dr. Nicky also called upon them to come forward as responsible citizens and get tested and vaccinated to keep the community safe from this pandemic.
Advisor for Technical Education & Election, Medo Yhokha, who also spoke, requested the village leaders and apex organizations and others to extend cooperation and support in implementing the COVID protocols in respective areas to protect the community in future.
In his concluding remarks, DC & Chairman DTF Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, re-iterated on the role of every responsible individual to act on their part at this juncture for the safety of the community and the upcoming generation. He also emphasized on the provision of law laid down under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and relevant Section 188 of IPC where violation of the guidelines issued by the Government can be panelized.
CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo stated that Kohima district vaccination status as on July 18 2021 stands at 49.32% coverage out of 1,79,486 headcount where 1,05,706 received both doses and 88532 with the first dose.
Emphasizing on the three objectives of breaking the chain of transmission, CMO said firstly to follow COVID-appropriate behavior; secondly to get tested where active and passive surveillance in the community was required to trace, track and test for early treatment and to avoid social stigmatization and non-disclosure of self test ~ the main risk factorsa in the community. Thirdly, on timely vaccination for the safety of the community and also to decrease morbidity and mortality rates.
“Vaccination is ongoing but we are fighting because of the time factor, where active participation is required from all corners in this exercise as it is the only protective gear to be safe from this virus”, the CMO stated.
She, therefore, urged the gathering to spread awareness and to encourage the unvaccinated to avail the opportunity available at their doorsteps.
President Northern Angami Public Organization, Zeneituo Yano thanked and appreciated the Kohima DTF for organizing such awareness programme for the area people. He hoped that through this programme, doubts and confusion in the people’s minds would be dispelled and every responsible citizen would come forward and avail the facility provided by the Government and also assured on behalf of NAPO to stand behind the DTF in their future activities.
SDO (C) Sadar Kohima, R Daniel Angami chaired the programme and also proposed the vote of thanks.
NAPO, NASU, NAYO, NAWO, AYO and 3 representatives of the Village Councils, Village Task Forces and women representatives attended the programme.
(Page News Service)