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Panic grips Peren District over COVID-19 community spread

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Orgs demand immediate removal of DC Peren

Dimapur, July 7: As authorities in Peren District go all out to contain the spread of coronavirus in the district, which remains the most affected district by the virus in the State, panic has gripped citizens over fear of community transmission of coronavirus in the district.

As on Tuesday, Peren District has at least 106 COVID-19 active cases out of 184 confirmed cases. 78 COVID-19 patients have been declared recovered so far in the district. Of the 106 active cases, 104 are asymptomatic, while one case is mild and another case is moderate.

Concerned citizens and organizations in the district have been regularly protesting as well as airing its displeasure over the management of the pandemic in the district. Another such protest was organized today to against the alleged failure of the district administration in containing the spread of COVID-19, which according to report led to some tension.

Meanwhile in a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, the Zeliangrong Students’ Union (N), Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) and the Zeme Youth Organization (N) has demanded removal of incumbent Deputy Commissioner of Peren and post some “who is competent and shoulder the responsibilities” of the COVID-19 crisis in Peren District.

In the memorandum, ZSU(N) president Dithuibo Niumai, KSO general secretary Henkhogen and ZYO(N) president R John Zeliang alleged that due to inefficiency of the administrative head, the district has not been able to effectively handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The memorandum also demanded immediate exemplary actions against two doctors – Dr Kevihulie Meyase and Dr Nukshisangla Jamir – who it accused of “willful negligence and autocratic style of functioning” in releasing Haryana returnees from facility quarantine centers to their respective villages without retest as mandated.

“This has put Peren District at a precarious position and risk of community transmission of COVID19,” it stated.

The memorandum lamented that instead of being reprimanded for their action, the two doctors were transferred and posted to Kohima. “This is unacceptable and an insult to our people and we demand that immediate exemplary actions be taken against these two doctors for their willful negligence and autocratic style of functioning which tantamount to crime against humanity,” it said.

Also stating that the post of Chief Medical Officer has been lying vacant and despite request for a full-fledged CMO to be posted, the former CMO and now promoted to Additional Director has been entrusted to take charge as the CMO, the memorandum demanded a full-fledged CMO be posted at the earliest to fill the void of leadership in the Medical Department of the district.

Earlier today, tension ran high as youths protesting the alleged failure of the district administration in containing the spread of COVID-19 tried to seal the Peren DC’s office, which was prevented by district officials.

Meanwhile in a tweet Tuesday evening, State Health Minister, Pangnyu said the Government is “very concerned” with the spike in COIVD-19 positive cases in Peren. “As an effort to contain the situation, the Dept have posted 3 permanent doctors along with 6 Lab technicians & 6 DEOs to provide technical support to Team Peren,” he tweeted. (Page News Service)