Kohima, April 17 (NE): Chief Minister of Nagaland Shri Neiphiu Rio through a press release informed of the actions and initiatives taken collectively and assured that the state government and all its agencies with active cooperation of the people and civil societies are working tirelessly in combating the challenge of the Global Pandemic COVID-19.
He informed that the first batch of the consignment of equipment for BSL-3 testing lab at Naga Hospital Kohima was delivered by an IAF plane and the process of setting up a test lab in Christian Institute of Sciences and Health Research (CISHR) is also going on.
Regarding the positive case of Dimapur resident, Rio said that the work of scaling the affected areas and tracing contacts is going on. 25 district surveillance teams are conducting active surveillance and till now 1391 persons have been interviewed and screened and 52 close contacts have been traced. The samples of co-passengers of the flight in which the affected person travelled are also being tested, and assured that all efforts are being made by the government to ensure full proof containment.
The government has also extended cooked food and dry rations to more than 79000 stranded persons, daily wagers, migrant labourers and other needy persons. He added that the welfare of the people from Nagaland who are staying outside the state is being looked after by a cell headed by a Nodal Officer and being helped from the chief Minister’s relief fund through various organisations, he stated.
He reported that out of 2.95 crore donated to CMRF including opening balance and amount of 2.32 crore has been disbursed to the Deputy Commissioners, Nagaland houses and other organisations, while all details are regularly posted on the website chiefminister.nagaland.gov.in
CM further informed that the state government had already set up a control room to deal with the COVID-19 situation at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare as well as inter departmental state level control room at the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority. A state level War Room against COVID-19 has also been made functional in the Nagaland Civil Secretariat headed by the Chief Secretary and is working round the clock as a single point to address all issues and matters related to the present situation.
The state is enforcing the lockdown measures across the measures across the state which has now extended to 3rd of May 2020 to prevent the spread of the virus and Rio expressed gratitude to all sections of the society for wholehearted support and adherence to the lockdown measures. He informed that because of the essential and urgent nature, certain activities like farming are exempted as this happens to be the sowing season and farmers while maintaining social distancing should carry out the activities without fail. He urged all concerned to ensure that there is no hindrance to the farming activities.
He further assured that the state government is taking all measures to improve the preparedness to fight COVID-19. The CM said that, he is personally supervising the preparedness and the advisors and cabinet ministers, even opposition MLAs, are contributing their bit to reach out to the districts. He called out to the citizens for help and support as the Healthcare workers, doctors, police personnel, municipal staff and the entire government machinery is working at the risk of their life against the pandemic.
Through the press release, Rio appealed to all citizens including Tribal Hohos, civil societies, elected representatives to help the government in these difficult times and expressed confidence that with the support and collective team work of the people, we will prevail over this challenge in a positive manner and emerge as a stronger and more United society.