Kohima, March 28(NE): Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio while briefing on Covid-19 at Chief Minister’s official residence on March 28, 2020 through social media, highlighted some of the crucial measures the government is taking with the support of the people to contain and deal with the Covid- 19 Pandemic. The welfare and protection of the people including the healthcare professionals, police personnel, media personnel and others who are in the front lines will be our priority. Therefore, medication, equipment and safety measures are being put in place for the safety of the general public and medical workers, he said.
Rio also said that the government is taking all measures in regard to procuring medical safety gears, ventilators and other urgent necessities. The first consignment of PPE goods has arrived, while the second consignment will be arriving on Monday with the aid of the Air Force.
He stated that as on 4.00 pm today, March 28, 2020, a total of 3076 people including students who have returned from outside the State from 6th March 2020 onwards have self reported to the respective District Surveillance Teams and are under home quarantine. Out of 18 samples that have been sent for testing, results for 13 were negative and the remaining 5 results are awaited. A total of 24,569 phone calls have been received through our Health Helpline Numbers as of 2.00 PM today. With regard to essential Medical equipment exclusively for COVID-19 cases, the State has 16 ventilators, 1712 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 551 numbers of N95 Masks, and 16 cardiac monitors which have further been distributed to various districts. He mentioned that the State has received medical equipment consignment totalling 1536 which includes Triple Layer Mask, PPE, BD Universal Viral Transport and swab sticks. Further, additional medical equipment and accessories totalling 2,16,800 is expected very soon. In addition, 33 more ventilators are also expected by the coming week.
Constant efforts are being made to expedite delivery of such essential medical equipment and accessories with the help of Government of India. The Health Department has till now made available 173 isolation beds for COVID -19 cases. This is in addition to 175 isolation beds in identified COVID-19 Hospitals. Further, the number of quarantine facilities has been increased to 1043 in the State and continuous efforts are being made to increase it further.
Rio also reiterated that the lock down is not intended to restrict the flow of essential goods and commodities. The movement of essential goods and commodities including POL has not been restricted in any manner and the position of their availability continues to be normal and comfortable.
He appealed to the Union Home Minister and all the Chief Ministers of states in India to provide assistance to any Nagas that may be stranded in their states. He further appealed them to hold on and keep in touch with the Nagaland houses around the country. Funds have been released to them to take care of the needs.
Official machineries have been working tirelessly to deal with the crisis. In addition, he mentioned that the government has appointed one Minister and one Advisor each for each district to monitor the preparedness of the state. Apart from that, two cabinet Ministers namely, Neiba Kronu and Pangnyu Phom to give a press briefing everyday to keep the people informed. Besides, interacting with the concerned senior officials on a daily basis and also with Deputy Commissioners and other district authorities through regular VCs. Despite constraints, the government is fully geared up to deal with this crisis in order to defeat this invisible enemy.
CM Rio also thanked each and everyone who has taken the initiative to help our people get through this pandemic. Volunteering in helping set up quarantine and isolation wards, manufacturing or donating safety gears, providing food for the people in need and much more. Such noble gestures are highly appreciated. Let us be there for one another at this time, he stated.
CM Rio appealed and implored everyone to come together at this crucial juncture and play our part to “prevent, track, trace and treat” the pandemic. Social distancing is the need of the hour which we must practice with utmost seriousness, he added.