DIMAPUR, MAY 16: With health care facilities in the State overwhelmed by the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Catholic Church in Nagaland has offered its facilities to treat COVID-19 cases as well as serve as quarantine centres.
Nagaland is running short of hospital beds, particularly at Dimapur, to treat its increasing number of COVID cases, with over 300 cases reported daily. The State Government has already directed private hospitals with in-patient and ICU facilities to reserve at least 50% of beds, but so far many private hospitals have not come on board citing various reasons.
As the State faces a strain on healthcare facilities, the Catholic Church of Nagaland has assured the State Government and the district authorities across the State that the Catholic Church will extend all possible help to jointly tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
Bishop of Kohima Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil assured the Government that the Catholic Church will make available the infrastructural facilities, especially schools, in every district in Nagaland for quarantining people if necessary.
A press release issued by the Secretary to the Bishop also informed that Priests of Kohima Diocese have also created a fund to help COVID-19 affected people by sacrificing the subsidy that they usually receive through PRIM.
The money has been pooled together and entrusted to Fr. Charles, Director, Development Association of Nagaland (DAN) – the social service wing of the Diocese of Kohima, located at the Carmel Campus, 4th Mile, Dimapur.
The release informed all who need help by way of dry ration, food items, medical support and other emergency relief may approach DAN office by calling 9436009529; 8732059971; or 03862242799.
(Page News Service)