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Nagaland: Lockdown till May 31st; 56 Doctors recruited, Online classes to resume

Nagaland: Lockdown extended till May 31st; 56 Doctors recruited, Online classes to resume

Kohima, May 19 (NEx): Week-long total-lockdown imposed in the State of Nagaland from 06:00 pm on May 14, 2021 has been extended till May 31, 2021, informed the Government Spokespersons on COVID-19.

The High Powered Committee on COVID-19, under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had an emergency meeting on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Chief Minister’s Residential office in Kohima and decided to extend the statewide lockdown with existing SOPs till May 31st, 2021, the Spokespersons informed.

Government Spokespersons on COVID-19, Neiba Kronu, Mmkonlumo Kikon in a press statement informed that the decision to extend the statewide lockdown was taken after reviewing the current situation and taking into account the consistent rise of COVID-19 positive cases in the State and also to break the chain of spreading the disease.

Meanwhile, after the completion of the summer vacation, schools are allowed to resume the online classes with effect from May 24, 2021, as per the detailed SOPs to be brought out by the School Education department, said the press statement.

For more efficient management of Oxygen supply through cylinders, it was decided that a centralised depot of Oxygen cylinders will be created in Chumukedima Police Complex for efficient distribution and to minimize turn around time in refilling the cylinders. Zonal depots shall also be set up in strategic locations across the State, it stated.

To check the spread of the virus in rural areas, a system of community surveillance will be put in place through ASHA workers as well as NSRLM and other volunteers from the civil society organisation to be coordinated by the respective District Task Forces, it said.

The press statement also informed that, 56 doctors have been recently recruited. The resultant vacancies of doctors and nurses under NHM caused due to this recruitment will be filled up by engaging suitable professionals on temporary basis.

The meeting was attended by Minister Planning, LR& Parliamentary Affairs, Advisor IT& ST and NRE, Minister H&FW, Minister in-charge of Kohima district, Chief Secretary Nagaland and senior officers from the H&FW, Home and NSDMA etc, it informed.

It is important to note that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in his message to the people of Nagaland on Tuesday said that, the existing lockdown may need to be extended if the situation required, and asked the people to be prepared.