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Colony residents object to use of buildings for quarantine facilities

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/16/2020 12:30:00 PM IST

As thousands of those stranded citizens in various cities outside Nagaland begin arriving in droves, the state government seems to find itself in a difficult situation as it does not have adequate quarantine facilities to accommodate all the returning citizens.

In order to prepare itself to accommodate such a huge number, the state government had made preparations to quarantine the returnees at buildings offered by educational institutions.

When contacted by Nagaland Post, state chief secretary, Temjen Toy confirmed that the “sheer number” of people expected to return back has placed a huge problem for the government in finding adequate number of accommodation for quarantine facilities. 

However, according many colonies/villages/wards have asked the institutions not to allow their buildings to be used as quarantine facilities. On this aspect, Toy lamented that though many schools, colleges and other institutions have come forward and offered the usage of its buildings, some “colony people” have raised objections to allow quarantine in their colonies. 

Toy lauded the educational institutes for coming forward to help but lamented that colony people were not allowing use of such buildings. “This was not expected from our Naga people,” said Toy.

The chief secretary said that the government has begun requisition of academic institutions to be used as quarantine facilities and asked the people to cooperate with the government.

“The colonies are protesting because of panic reaction. Those returning are all our people. Such attitude is not acceptable and I am saying this as a Naga,” said Toy.

Pointing out that COVID-19 was going to stay for a quite some time people cannot run away from it. He said public have to be more reasonable and cooperate with the government to collectively fight against the deadly virus.

“We must form a positive attitude. It is disheartening that even before COVID has come to Nagaland we are already stigmatising it,” remarked Toy.

Meanwhile, talking to PTI, Temjen Toy said it was Gods miracle that has kept Nagaland safe from COVID-19 pandemic till date. The other reason is the hard work of the health workers in dealing with the suspected cases, he said.

Under the present circumstances and given the limited infrastructure, we have given our best and managed to prevent coronavirus, though there is a lot more to be done, especially in the health sector, Toy said.

Our testing rate is quite low but with the lab being set up, our testing rate would go up and give us a clearer picture of the situation in the state, Toy said.

The chief secretary said the biggest threat currently is the virus entering the state with the stranded people coming in from other parts of the country.

He said the government is working to improve the state’s health infrastructure and also filling up positions at state-run facilities.

All eleven district hospitals have been designated for treating COVID-19 patients. The total number of general beds in these hospitals is 464, besides 385 isolation beds and 66 in the ICUs.

However, officials acknowledged that these facilities were not enough in case of an outbreak.

Echoing Toy, Kikheto Sema, the in-charge of the COVID-19 empowered committee of Dimapur district, said that it is the prayers of the church leaders and believers that have saved Nagaland from the virus.

He said Dimapur, which is the commercial hub of the state and shares border with Assam, is the frontier in the war against coronavirus and keeping it safe is key to winning it.

Once Dimapur fails to stop the entry of coronavirus, all other districts would also fail, he said.

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