Dimapur, July 18: A review-cum-sensitisation programme on COVID-19 vaccination and testing for Jakhama sub-division was held on July 17 at Bamboo Hall, Kisama. It organised by Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID 19.
Minister in-charge, Tongpang Ozukum stated that Nagaland has recorded the lowest to testing and vaccination but highest death rate in the country; and in order to improve the situation, citizens need to take individual responsibility and follow all SOPs as laid down by the government.
Ozukum also appealed to the village and block level task force to use their authority to strictly implement the SOPs and COVID-19 protocol in their jurisdiction.
“This is a pandemic, a real disease knocking on our door. Let us be responsible in the absence of a proper cure. We have the best medical team in Kohima and the best facilities comparing to other districts and if we cannot take use of these facilities, it will be a shame for our district as a whole”, the Minister stated.
“We have tackled and contained the first wave of COVID-19 but yet we are not able to contain second wave till now so if the third wave hits us, we cannot fight for the future of our children and generation”, the Minister added.
He hoped that the review and sensitisation programme undertaken by the district task force will not go in vain and bear encouraging news in the next two or three weeks.
Advisor to Youth Resources & Sports, Zale Neikha said the prevailing rate of positive cases in the district was a concern and called for every responsible individual to contribute by following the SOPs in order to stop the transmission. He said the only way to protect oneself from this virus was to get vaccinated and called upon the village leaders and apex organisations to disseminate and sensitise the people on the importance of testing and vaccination.
Advisor to Technical Education & Election, Medo Yhokha also stated that the Government has announced the unlock measures not because the State is now safe from the virus but because of sheer necessity. He therefore stressed on the importance of maintaining COVID protocols and to follow the SOPs and get vaccinated.
Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie stressed on the three tools of COVID-appropriate behaviours and the provisions of law under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897/ Nagaland Epidemic Diseases (Covid-19) Rules 2020 and relevant section under IPC 188.
He said that under this Act one can be penalised for violating the guidelines and called upon the area leaders to spread the message on the importance of testing and vaccination in respective areas.
CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo said the protective effects of Covishield are: to prevent infection-65%; to prevent hospitalisation-77%; reduce need of oxygen-92%; and reduce ICU admission-94%. She therefore urged everyone aged 18 years and above to get vaccinated.
(Page News Service)