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Nagaland hospitals lack facilities to combat COVID-19: Health Minister

Pangnyu Phom

Dimapur, April 30: Minister for Health & Family Welfare S. Pangnyu Phom has acknowledged that there is lack of facilities in all the hospitals across Nagaland to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at a review meeting with Government officials and NGOs leaders of Longleng district at the Longleng DC office complex on April 30, the State Medical Minister said the COVID-19 pandemic is a wakeup call for the Department and health care workers to be well prepared and equipped with advanced health care facilities to combat such pandemic in the future.
An official release quoted the Minister as having said that working on COVID-19 is like “battling with invisible enemies”. He appealed to the people to be more cautious and take precautionary measures after the lockdown is lifted.
The Minister thanked the frontline workers such as the medical department, the district administration, police, media, Churches, NGOs and civil societies for joining hands and working together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and appealed for more cooperation and support in future. He appealed to the doctors, nurses and health workers to be mentally prepared and be practical in their assignment.
Pangnyu informed that the Central Government has approved the upgradation of the present district hospital Longleng with CHC status to full-fledged district hospital. He assured that the problems of the hospital would be taken into consideration after meeting in Kohima. Citing that the motto of the Government was how to save the lives of everyone in Nagaland, he called upon the people to maintain peaceful law and order in the district.
Imnatiba, Advisor Industries & Commerce, BS Nganlang MLA, M. Shayung Phom, DC Longleng, CMO Longleng, Medical Superintendent District hospital Longleng, the president Phom Peoples’ Council and Phom Students’ Conference also spoke in the meeting. The review meeting was chaired by Pichano Kikon, EAC Headquarter Longleng with additional charge of Yachem.
Later the team departed to Tamlu and visited the hospital and quarantine centre at GHS Tamlu. The medical minister also held meeting with district administration, doctors, nurses, NGOs and civil societies at Tamlu.
In Longleng the visiting team donated Rs 2 lakhs towards COVID-19 (S. Pangnyu and B.S. Nganlang donated Rs 1 lakh each, Imnatiba – Rs 50,000, Dr Longai & Mrs Anungla – Rs 50,000) towards the Longleng District Task Force. The Tamlu team donated Rs 1,80,000 towards the Tamlu Sub-divisional Task Force (S Pangnyu – Rs 60,000, Imnatiba – Rs 20,000, BS Nganlang – Rs 50,000 and Dr Longai & Mrs Anungla – Rs 50,000). (Page News Service)