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Nagaland taking all measures to improve preparedness against COVID-19: CM

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Equipments for setting up BSL-3 Laboratory at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima arrived Dimapur on Thursday.

Says State better prepared now than few weeks ago
Dimapur, April 16: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday assured the people of Nagaland that the State Government and all its agencies are working tirelessly with active cooperation of the people and the civil societies in combating the challenge of the present global pandemic.
In a press release issued today, the Chief Minister assured that his Government is taking all measures to further improve the State’s preparedness to fight the COVID 19. He admitted that Nagaland certainly is better prepared now than a few weeks ago though a lot more needs to be done.
“The State Government is taking all measures to further improve our preparedness to fight the COVID 19 and we are certainly better prepared now than a few weeks ago though a lot more needs to be done,” he said.
The CM said he is personally supervising the preparations and the Cabinet Ministers and Advisors and even opposition MLAs are contributing their bit to reach out to the districts. “Our health workers, doctors, police personnel, municipal staff and the entire government machinery is working at the risk of their life and they need all our help and support.”
Rio expressed satisfaction that today an IAF plane delivered the first batch of consignment of equipment for the BSL 3 Testing Lab that will be set up at Naga Hospital Kohima, which will fulfill a pressing need of the State as we would not have to depend on laboratories outside the State. The process of setting up a test lab in CISHR is also going on, he informed.
On the positive case of one Dimapur resident, the Chief Minister informed that work of sealing the affected areas and tracing contacts is going on. He said 25 District Surveillance Teams are conducting active surveillance, and till now, 1391 persons have been interviewed and screened and 52 close contacts have been traced.
The samples of co-passengers of the flight in which the affected person travelled are also being tested, he informed and assured that all efforts are being made by the Government to ensure fool proof containment.
The Government has also extended cooked food and dry rations to more than 79,000 stranded persons, daily wagers, migrant labourers and other needy persons. More help is being planned for such people, he said.
Stating that the country wide lockdown measures have also created hardship to many people from Nagaland staying outside the State, the Chief Minister assured that their welfare is being looked after by a cell headed by a nodal officer for the purpose. They are also being provided help from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) through various organizations.
The CM informed that out of Rs 2.95 crore donated in the CMRF including opening balance, an amount of Rs 2.32 crore has been disbursed to Deputy Commissioners, Nagaland Houses and other organizations. All details are regularly posted on the website chiefminister.nagaland.gov.in., he said.
Rio informed that to deal with the COVID-19 situation, the State Government has already set up a control room at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare as well as inter departmental state level control room at the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority for COVID-19.
Now, in view of the current evolving situation, a State Level War Room against COVID-19 has also been made functional in the Nagaland Civil Secretariat headed by the Chief Secretary and this control centre is working round the clock as a single point to address all issues and matters related to the present situation, he said.
Stating that Nagaland, along with the rest of the country, is also enforcing the lockdown measures across the State, he thanked all sections of the society for their wholehearted support and adherence to the lockdown measures. He, however, informed that because of the essential and urgent nature, certain activities like farming are exempted and need to be carried out even during the lock down period, as this happens to be the sowing season and our farmers while maintaining social distancing should carry out the farming activities without fail.
All concerned should ensure that there is no hindrance to the farming activity, he appealed.
The Chief Minister appealed to all section including tribal hohos, civil societies, elected representatives and the people at large to help the Government in these difficult times.
“While constructive criticism and suggestions are most welcome, it is my humble appeal to avoid pointing fingers at each other so as not to demoralise the people fighting in the forefront of this battle. I thank Almighty God for his guidance and protection so far and we extend our appreciation to all sections of the people for their constant prayer and support” he said while expressing confidence that with the support of the people and the collective team work of all sections, Nagaland will prevail over this challenge in a positive manner and emerge as a stronger and more united society. (Page News Service)

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