Appeals, directives and information on COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/25/2020 9:35:11 AM IST

Government agencies, civil societies and NGOs have been giving out various advisories, directives and appeals for safety of public and precautionary measures against the pandemic COVID-19. More advisories and appeals are being made to public to stay indoors and to comply with the lockdown order from the government to contain COVID–19 pandemic.

DC Dimapur: As a preventive measure to contain COVID-19, the Rotary Club Dimapur (RCD) exhibited their humanitarian gesture by providing masks and washing soaps to all the needy people in and around Dimapur. According to DIPR report, RCD distributed 10000 masks and 10000 washing soaps covering 10 colonies. The GBs of West Yard Colony, Cheswari Colony, Rail bazaar, Netaji Colony, Namgalong, Veterinary, Miu, United North Block B, Naga Colony and Haralu colonies were handed over 500 to 600 masks and soaps. 

On behalf of Rotary Club Dimapur, DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi also handed over masks and soaps to IRB Mahila Battalion and some needy people. President RCD, Ashok Agarwal informed that they will also be providing the hygiene aids to Civil Hospital, commissioner of Police Dimapur, district administration and media. 

Directives to exempted shops in Dimapur: Meanwhile, Dimapur DC has issued precautionary measures for compliance by exempted shops and business establishments viz pharmacies, fair price shops, grocery stores, and vegetable vendors as follows: All shopkeepers to wear face mask mandatorily and maintain distance from the public; All shopkeepers to keep hand sanitizers or provide facilities for hand wash for their own and for public use; Shops should be cleaned and sanitized; All customers to maintain a distance of one meter from each other. The shop keepers to make provisions for maintaining the distance; As far as possible only one member from a family may go out from their home to buy the essential commodities; All those who are going out should wear masks; People should not sit/stand in groups outside the shops. Action would be initiated against the defaulting individuals/groups under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. 

DC also requested the public to mandatorily stay at home during the lock down from March 25 to April 12 and to avoid all manner of public gatherings including family outings, picnics and other leisure activities. DC warned that violators would be punished as per Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.

SKKD: In view of several cases of racial discrimination against northeast people, Sümi Kiphimi Küqhakulu Delhi (SKKD) has asked all Sumis in Delhi to be in touch with the union and elders and not to make unnecessary movements. SKKD has advised not to immediately react to discriminatory acts but to note done the vehicle number, get a picture/video of the person and report it to the nearest police station/call Special Police Unit Northeast Region (SPUNER). Contact details of SPUNER: helpline 1093 (toll free), duty officer (01120861720), Whatsapp (8750870582), e-mail: and address – Police Complex, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. SKKD contacts details: 9354325579 and 962500728 (whatsapp).

KU applauds and appeals: Konyak Union (KU) has appreciated the tireless efforts rendered by the district administration, law enforcing authority and doctors under the establishment of CMO, for combating the spread of COVID-19.

DMC appeals: Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) administrator Albert Ezung has appealed to all the colony council chairmen and GBs under its jurisdiction to extend all possible support and coordinate with the authorities in the wake the present situation. 

He further requested all concerned to contact the Medical department for any queries related to COVID-19 at the control room CMO office Dimapur 7630877991/7630877983.

F&CS department Dimapur: Department of F&CS Dimapur has appealed to all concerned that the department was working seriously to ensure availability of food grains to NFSA beneficiaries and smooth supply of petroleum products such as petrol, diesel & LPG throughout the state in this critical junction. A press release from F&CS Dimapur director, Asangla Imti stated that, in doing so, movement of transports and officials/staff/labors on duty and opening of FPS and its related activities was inevitable for smooth flow of essential commodities for the benefit of the public. 

In this regard, all concerned authorities and public are earnestly requested to cooperate and assist the department in the interest of the public.

KVC: Kohima Village Council (KVC) held a meeting on March 24 and brought out resolutions which come into immediate effect for the health safety of public against COVID-19. A press release from KVC chairman, Dr. Neiphi Kire and secretary, Zeneizo Rutsa stated that defaulters are deemed to be stringently dealt with. The resolutions are: Students, business people/anyone coming home from outside the state must confine themselves to compulsory quarantine for 14 days (as per laid down rules); Entry of visitors to Kohima village shall be banned; All taxis (regional, local, KVYO)/vehicles, other than those belonging to Kohima village, shall not be allowed to cross the village; No gathering of people will be allowed. Movement of public will be restricted and people must stay at home; All business establishments except groceries and pharmacies will be closed. All booze joints will be closed; Hand washing facilities will be arranged at suitable locations; Government orders and directives must be strictly adhered.

GBUD: GB Union Dimapur (GBUD) has suspended Wednesday weekly bazaar at Supermarket Dimapur till further notice in keeping with the government order. 

A press release from GBUD president M Y Ngullie and vice-president W Kholie Kapfo stated that, as per the information from the district administration GBs/chairmen are requested to initiate house-to-house delivery of vegetables/essential commodities for the general public in their respective colony areas. 

In a separate order the district administration had informed the GBs to comply to the notice as precautionary measures to be monitored strictly: GBs along with the colony council to manage monitoring system of mandatory home quarantine which is the need of the hour; To check and restrict movement of public loitering around endangering their own life and the lives of people especially those people coming from outside within their respective colony jurisdiction; To suspend all public gatherings; To immediately arrange a suitable designated separate place as quarantine zone; To be in touch with the local health workers in case of any exigencies, Dimapur district control room 7630877991/7630877983; All GBs within Sadar area have been requested to follow the guidelines and cooperate with the district administration/law enforcing agencies to contain the spread of the virus.

ANCA: All Nagaland Counsellors Association (ANCA) has informed that during this critical time it would be providing telephonic counselling to any person/s who require emotional and therapeutic support. 

A press release from ANCA stated that, anyone wanting to avail the services can call any of the executives from 6 a.m to 9 p.m who will redirect the call to a professional. No calls other than the purpose of professional counselling will be entertained. 

Public are not to misuse the services provided at this critical situation. Counselling services will be available till April 16 as per the government of Nagaland’s lockdown order. The call executives are: Viketo Zhimomi 7005575202 ; Rokovituo Yhoshu 8974999040; Visenuo Rupreo 9366740561. All counselling psychologists are well trained and qualified, and will follow the professional counselling protocol maintaining confidentiality and genuineness. 

NVCO & KDTODU: Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) and Kohima District Truck Owners & Drivers’ Union (KDTODU) has requested the business community not to charge more while selling essential commodities. 

A press release from NVCO president, Kezhokhoto Savi and KDTODU president Rüvese Sokha also appealed the state government to supply necessary equipments to the healthcare sector to protect them from infection while rendering their services to the citizens in the state. 

The release stated that KDTODU had received some complaints from the consumers that several shops were charging more while selling essential commodities in the name of transportation charges, whereby the KDTODU clarified that as a transport service community it has not raised or hiked their transportation charges in any manner. KDTODU asked all vehicles including trucks not to pay cash at the check-gates maintained by Nagaland Police and on any highways in honour of the state government standing order banning the same. KDTODU and NVCO have asked the business community not to charge more on any essential commodities. 

NVCO & KDTODU also conveyed that certain equipments to protect the healthcare sector from infection is still lacking in government hospitals, out of which the most vulnerable hospitals are Dimapur Civil Hospital, Naga Hospital Authority Kohima(NHK), Mon Civil Hospital and so on. NVCO & KDTODU therefore sincerely appealed the state government especially the chief minister and medical minister to immediately supply required equipments to the healthcare sector before it is too late. 

UVC resolves: Unity Village Council (UVC) held an emergency combined meeting with the GBs, women organization, youth organization and communities’ leaders on March 25. 

A press release issued by UVC chairman Talitemsü Tzüdir and secretary Kohito Assumi stated that during the meeting the house passed some resolutions: Total restriction on entry of outsiders within the village jurisdiction; Price of essential commodities and daily use items shall be sold as per MRP; Advised all villagers to maintain and follow the decorum along with the instruction and precaution given by the government. UVC further informed that violators will be punished accordingly. 

AGEI Wokha: Assemblies of God east India (AGEI) Wokha section has informed the churches under its jurisdiction to continually suspend regular church services and all masses until further notice. 

A press release from Rev. Zuchamo Shitiri, presbyter, directed church doors to remain open for believers desiring to offer prayers; However, while praying and meditating inside the church, believers have been advised to practice social distancing; Church bell can be rung at usual service timing to remind believers to pray at home; AG churches have been requested to organise prayer chains and pray for Nagas as well as India and the world while directing churches not to conduct general or church board meetings and to avoid any ordinances (mass).

ASU: Angami Students’ Union (ASU) has urged upon the citizens of the state to cooperate and heed to the government directives and stay indoors. 

A press release from ASU president Vizokho Zashümo and general secretary, Petekhrietuo Kiewhuo stated that, although the state of Nagaland is not privileged (as of yet) with advanced testing kits and labs to ascertain the affect of the COVID-19, the medical measures being taken about by the state government and its agencies, various NGOs and individuals have contributed much to the benefit of the citizens. 

ASU also pointed out its serious concern for the academic schedule of the students and also advised them to benefit through these holidays as study break and not lose track of their academic studies. Students are expected to educate their near and dear ones about the prevailing situation, stated the release. ASU also appealed the government that during such a prevailing situation, the police personnel and medical teams should be well equipped with all the preventive medical kits by prioritizing their medical welfare. 

It also stated that public announcements using PA systems and loud speakers in towns, colonies and rural areas in English, Nagamese and local dialects would also facilitate better understanding about the pandemic. 

Stating that continuous flow of para military forces to rural areas has also raised fears as the COVID-19 is easily transmittable, the ASU asked that para military forces also be brought under the lockdown. Further, ASU has beseeched prayer warriors to continue seeking for God’s grace and mercy during these difficult times. 

Union also appealed the students’ fraternity and educated minds to refrain from spreading/believing hoax messages.

DAYO: While expressing deepest appreciation to the government of Nagaland, the medical fraternity and everyone associated with attempts to control and contain the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, the Dimapur Ao Youth Organization (DAYO) has urged the government to introduce testing laboratory for COVID-19 immediately. A press release from DAYO president Aotemsu Aier and general secretary, S. Pangertoshi stated that, the state which is almost 60 years old does not even have a testing laboratory for the same. DAYO also stated that it was unfortunate that frontline workers against the pandemic or any testing laboratory were available within the state, as all suspected samples are sent outside.

DC Tuensang: Deputy commissioner Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant convened a meeting with churches, tribal bodies and student bodies on March 24 at the DC’s conference hall. 

DC briefed the house on the “lock down” and requested the house to spread awareness on unconfirmed/fake news/rumour mongering. All such messages should be confirmed from the authority concerned, he said. He also stated that every flu, which is common in this season, should not be mistaken as COVID-19 related. However abundant precautions should be taken. Executive secretary, CBLT, requested the district administration to come up with modalities to contain the situation. Pastor, Police Church stated that the church has suspended its jubilee celebrations on account of the situation. DC also highlighted on the ban of spitting in public places and institutions as a measure to avoid the spread of Corona Virus and violators will be punished according to law. 

He also requested the various bodies to spread awareness through posters, audio messages etc preferably in local dialects for maximum penetration of awareness among the people.

Tuensang DTF: Tuensang district task force (DTF) for COVID-19 held a meeting at DC conference hall Tuensang on March 25 under the chairmanship of chairman TDTF and DC, Kumar Ramnikant. 

The forum discussed on establishing one central helpline for the district and volunteers to be nominated to distribute the basic commodities for the needy section of the people of the town; The president All Ward Union are to submit the detailed list of those legible for the service; Forum also decided to establish one medical team on wheels to meet the basic health issue of the general public of Tuensang town. The team will provide the home service of the patient on call for which Dr. Wapang along with two nurses were nominated. DC also announced that there will be no shortage of basic commodities in the district. 

For opening of the shops dealing with basic commodities time line has been set between 8 a.m to 2 p.m. District administration along with Police and Medical departments also resolved to supply free mask for small shop keepers and vegetable vendors and small business dealers. TDTF for COVID-19 also announced complete shutdown of private vehicles. One time thoroughfare for vehicles carrying food items and basic commodities to villages will be allowed, DC said. House also resolved to construct one seal for those who are under home quarantine which are to be sealed on a patient’s right hand for the recognition of his/her status.

ADC Tening: Additional deputy commissioner, Rhosietho Nguori had issued notification in the interest of public health and safety: All shops and business establishment, except pharmacies, petrol pumps, and grocery shops selling food grains, food items, vegetables, daily use items, other essential commodities and media offices shall remain closed till further orders. Reiterating earlier order issued by this office, all sorts of hunting activities involving human contact with wild animals and birds stands banned till further notice; All commercial passenger vehicles both public and private, like buses, taxis (Sumo and pick-up trucks modified for passengers), etc shall not ply till further orders; Movement of all public is restricted except those coming out of their homes for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential services, medical facilities and other basic needs; All inter-state entry and exit point are hereby sealed except for the movements of essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and supplies, and goods vehicle transiting the state shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols; 

All government offices, both central and state except district administration, police, security forces, fire and emergency services, home department, medical, medical, postal services, NIC, NSDMA, Power, PHED, Food and Civil Supplies, Finance, Treasury and Accounts, banks/ ATM, AIR, Doordashan shall remain closed. However, the concerned head of sub-divisional offices shall form a core group of officers/staff to attend urgent and essential matters. All other government employees should be available on call.

ADC Peren/Jalukie: Business section of Peren town are directed to keep their shops open from 8 a.m to 12 noon only. The shops will remain closed the rest of the time. General public are informed to do their shopping at the time period as mentioned above.

ADC Jalukie, Dr. Tinojongshi Chang has issued the following order: Closure of all shops and business establishments except pharmacies, petrol pumps and grocery shops selling food grains, food items and other essential commodities; Restricting movement of all commercial and passenger vehicles both public and private; Movement of all public is restricted except those coming out of their homes for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential services and medical facilities. In view of the seriousness of the issues and to monitor the equal distribution of essential commodities to the general public, the following timing is made so that the unnecessary movement of public is checked; Petrol pumps from 6 a.m to 2 p.m; Shops selling essential commodities from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. 

PTCSU: Phek Town Chakhesang Students’ Union (PTCSU) appealed the general public and citizens of Phek town to co-operate and follow the directives given by the government. In a release the PTCSU press secretary Diezekho Vadeo and president P Surhoveyi Khesoh urged the public not to panic in buying essential commodities as there were sufficient stocks in the market. The union also asked the shopkeepers not to sell goods beyond MRP, if found the concern authority will take strict action upon them. Union also appealed the concern authority to set time basis to open their shops/market as to strictly maintain the unnecessary movement of public. 

Those emergency travellers coming from outside the district or state would not be allowed entry without proper verification from medical department/concern authority. Union also cautioned the social media users not to disseminate any fake news or information unless it is verified by department of Health and Family Welfare, state government or newspaper. 

SAPO: Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) has appealed to its citizens to adhere to the directive of the state government and requested all village council authority to strictly follow the instructions issued by state government to protect its citizens from Coronavirus (COVID-19). SAPO has also appealed all churches and prayer centres of Southern Angami areas to uphold in prayer. In case of any eventuality or a person suspected of suffering from COVID-19, SAPO said report must be immediately submitted to the concern authority for urgent action. Failing which, SAPO said the concern village authority /victim’s family shall be held liable and responsible. SAPO has also asked the state government to immediately send experts, technical and medical team to Khuzama check gate, Kidima Prayer Park for assisting and checking the entry of VIPs and ambulance service movement, whether they are having proper medical certificate or permission to travel en route. 

DBALT condemns: Diphupar ‘B’ Ao Lanur Telongjem (DBALT) has vehemently condemned the false and fabricated message of its member, Imtisunep being infected with COVID-19, which went viral on different social media platform. DBALT terming the viral message as false says it does not hold water whatsoever and appealed everyone to desist and refrain from spreading such unfounded and unverified messages without ascertaining the truth.



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