Kohima, March 20 (NE): Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi convened a video conference with the Chief Minister of all states to discuss measures to combat COVID-19 on March 20, 2020. The Chief Minister of Nagaland Shri Neiphiu Rio along with Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Chief Secretary and other senior officials attended the video conference from Nagaland.
While acknowledging the hard work put in by various States, the Prime Minister emphasized that every citizen should strictly observe hand sanitation and social distancing as well as avoid non-essential travelling.
The present juncture is the most critical time to prevent further spread of the disease, all State Governments were requested to intensify various efforts to combat the COVID-19. States were also instructed to conduct a Mock Drill on hospital preparedness on March 22, 2020.
The Chief Ministers briefed the Prime Minister and others about the preparations done till now. During the course of their presentations, they requested for augmentation of testing facilities, greater support to vulnerable sections, advancement of financial disbursement for 2020-21 to the states and requested for roping in private labs and hospitals in larger numbers.
All the Chief Ministers assured their support and reaffirmed that all States will work together with Government of India to combat the pandemic.
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Prime Minister appreciated the steps taken by the States and thanked them for sharing their experiences and giving suggestions. He talked about the urgent need of capacity building of healthcare workers and augmentation of healthcare infrastructure. He suggested that the Chief Ministers should do video conference with trade bodies in their states to prevent black marketing and undue price rise. He urged them to use soft power of persuasion as well as legal provisions, wherever necessary.
Prime Minister said that the COVID-19 Economic Task Force set up by Government of India will formulate the strategy to devise suitable approach to effectively tackle the economic challenge. He urged the Chief Ministers to ensure that all necessary steps are taken and all advisories are adhered to in order to ensure the safety of citizens in the country at large. No stone should be left unturned in our common endeavors to fight COVID-19.