Kohima, March 23 (NE): Chief Minister Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio addressed the people of Nagaland on Covid-19 at his Secretariat office, Kohima on March 23, 2020.
In his address, the Chief Minister stated that the Novel Coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the whole world. Till now, the state of Nagaland does not have any confirmed case of anyone being infected by the virus. However, there is no reason to be complacent or to lower our guard. He sought the co-operation and support of each and every citizen of the state in adhering to all the steps and preventive measures being taken by the state government to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.
The Medical Department and all the health personnels have been working day in and day out in taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The Department is fully prepared for providing care and the requisite medical assistance to anyone in the event of any eventuality. The state government has issued many instructions and is adopting various steps like restricting public movement, closure of public places and other such containment measures for preventing the spread of the virus. Rio also extended his appreciation over the enthusiasm of the public in cooperating with the government and sought continued cooperation in order to defeat the threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus.
He urged the people of Nagaland to adopt the best practises of personal hygiene and social distancing as recommended by the health authorities. Rio urged to maintain vigil and help the authorities in preventing rumours and fake news from being spread. He also appealed to all sections across the country to be sensitive to all communities and refrain from ostracisation, racial profiling and discrimination at this juncture.
Rio appealed to all the people particularly students coming from outside the state to first stay in the private areas or buildings for quarantine. In order to cater them, Niathu Resort, Dimapur and Cricket Academy, Sovima have been kept ready for utility.
There is no need to panic but have to be alert and cautious to ensure that we are not infected. He also mentioned that the next few weeks are very crucial in our fight to defeat Covid-19. However, he expressed hope that with the active participation of each and everyone, we can together overcome these difficult times.
These are extraordinary times and we need to unite in order to face the challenge under a spirit of oneness. Every citizen is a member of team Nagaland and together we will overcome the hurdles that lie ahead, Rio stated.