Kohima, June 04 (NEx): Updating the State Government’s progress and strategy to fight the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic to the media fraternity on Friday, Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said, “We are committed to do our best to overcome this battle by delivering the best health care services to the people of the State.”
Pangnyu said that the ‘State is experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and we are together fighting it with all our resources. This time the virus is much more virulent than it was last time. Our Health Care Workers and Front-Line workers are performing their duties, working for long hours under stress and away from their families for long times, at risk to their personal well-being.’
‘Private Hospitals have also come forward and taken the responsibility and are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Government Hospitals.’
‘The support extended by the churches and the civil society-based organisations has been encouraging. We need their continued support to ensure that the spread to the rural areas is minimised.’
‘We have lost many family, friends, colleagues in this fight. I extend my deepest condolences to them. Let us all pray for the departed souls. At the same time, we have to continue fighting this war together and we shall win it together.’
‘Government has taken a number of steps to fight the pandemic. Knowing fully that oxygen therapy is a critical requirement of COVID management, we have procured cylinders and at the moment we have nearly 5 times the oxygen cylinders capacity that we had before the second wave hit us. We have also, with the help of Government of India, operationalised 3 PSA Oxygen Plants at Kohima, Mokokchung and Dimapur. Plants at other district headquarters and the CIHSR are also being set-up,’ he stated.
‘We have also tied up more than 1500 oxygen concentrators for our health facilities upto the level of PHC. We have overhauled our supply chain setting a State Depot and a Zonal Depot for unhindered and sufficient availability of oxygen.’
‘There was an acute requirement of oxygen supplied hospital beds at Dimapur. We are grateful to the private hospitals and CIHSR to join hands with us, and we have been able to meet the demand as on date. While they came forward, we also extended full support by ensuring oxygen supply, providing cylinders, concentrators and ventilators to the private hospitals.’
Pangnyu also said that the state is in the process of setting up a 200 bed Acute Care Facility at the CIHSR campus on war footing which will be a pre-engineered modern structure, and continue to be used as a medical facility after COVID-19. This will be an additional asset to Dimapur and Nagaland.
‘We are concerned about the cases that are reported from some our villages. We have issued detailed standard operating procedures for containing and managing the COVID-19 in rural areas. The State War Room, District Task Forces, the Village Task Forces are fully engaged in managing the pandemic taking help from all.’
Updating on the vaccination, Pangnyu said, it is the most effective tool against preventing infection and we must increase vaccination amongst the rural population using COVISHIELD vaccine. We have instructed the DTFs to mobilise through outreach activities and having vaccinations sites in villages so that entire villages are covered and there is least wastage of vaccine. There are a lot of false videos and rumours spread by ill-informed people. We should listen to our scientists and medical professionals and take the vaccine.’
Further, Pangnyu stated, “We pray to God Almighty to continue to bless each and everyone. With His blessings and guidance, we shall triumph and prevail over the pandemic. Stay home, stay safe,’ he said.