Kohima, March 05 (NE): The Angami Youth Organization (AYO), through a press release issued on Wednesday, March 04, 2020, conveys their concern on the devastating outbreak of the COVID-19 which has been declared as ‘Public health emergency of international concern’.
The AYO considers the outbreak as a dangerous predicament which, if it reaches Nagaland, will have devastating and irrevocable affects. The urgency to address this situation is bolstered by the news that six confirmed cases have been reported in India now, which includes the city of New Delhi – home to thousands of migrant Naga Scholars students and working classes, it added.
The AYO urges the Government of Nagaland and concerned departments to initiate all necessary preventive measures and exercises and restrictions on issuance of permits to foreign tourists from COVID-19 affected countries and a mandatory medical training of air passengers in the airport to detect virus carriers. Also, AYO suggested modalities to detect or restrict Railway, ISBT and taxi passengers by detailing specialised medical personnel in all transit check points before entering the state, widespread sensitization and outreach on Corona Virus to be initiated from the populated urban centres to every far-flung villages to help people understand the predicament and also basic preventive measures.
AYO also stated that the need arises for concerned departments including the Health & Family Welfare and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority to be well equipped with required machineries, infrastructure or medicines for combating the COVID-19 and appealed the government of Nagaland to declare a state of emergency, if required, and initiate all possible measures to save the Naga populace from the dreaded global outbreak, said the press release.