COVID-19: Contributions continue; information, appeals, directives issued

COVID-19: Contributions continue; information, appeals, directives issued
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/27/2020 12:49:16 PM IST

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 across the world and subsequently being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the state government and its agencies along and the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have taken up several measures to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Several Civil Society Organisations and individuals have also come forward and extended help to the people in the frontline.

IHRC Nagaland says state ‘lacking’ in fight against COVID-19 

Indian Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Nagaland chapter, chairman, S. Richard Humtsoe, has said that Nagaland state was still “lacking in many ways” in fighting against COVID-19.

Humtsoe buttress his point by citing an example of Bhandari under Wokha district which he claimed has only “one thermal scanner for travellers coming from other states”.

He said, “Almost all districts are facing the same problems. They don’t have hand sanitizers and gloves. It is very pathetic to learn that doctors and nurses are sent on duty without any protective gear and there are shortages of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). They don’t have masks to wear while combating COVID-19.”

In this regard, Humtsoe appealed the state government to extend its highest priority in the fight against COVID-19 as it was the “burning need” of the hour. 

He also maintained that it was everyone’s responsibility to contribute and support the fight against COVID-19. Earlier, IHRC Nagaland chapter donated Rs. one lakh to Dimapur district administration through ADC Dimapur, Lovitoly Sema.

DC Mon announces home delivery service 

Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Thavaseelan K, stated that the district administration Mon and Mon Town Council in collaboration with Naga Logistics will be starting a home delivery service of essential commodities and medicines at any location within Mon Town. The DC informed that Rs. 10 will be charged for delivery and an extra amount of Rs. 10 for packages weighing more than 10 kgs. The DC has asked citizens to contact W. Ape Konyak (7085907170) and E. Amo Minphai (8794804710) to avail the service.

Helpline for students heading to Mon

The DC Mon also notified that the students/individuals from Mon District, who are returning home but stranded en route, to contact Khenpa Konyak (9612892236) for any assistance, if required.

Regulations on purchase of essential commodities

Deputy Commissioner Mon has issued an order imposing regulations for purchase of essential commodities in Mon town with effect from March 27 till further order.

The DC stated that maximum permissible quantities per day, per family are as follows: rice 10 kg; dal I kg; oil I litre; milk powder I kg; sugar 1 kg and tea leaves 1 kg.

Shopkeepers have been ordered for strict compliance to the regulations and warned that any person/group in violation of the order would be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the IPC.

In another order, the DC Mon has barred all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, gatherings for a period of 21 days with effect from March 25.

Pohwang meets Mon DC & SP

Advisor F&ES, SIRD & RR, Pohwang Konyak held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Mon and Superintendent of Police, Mon district on COVID-19.

The meeting was to evaluate on the measures taken up for prevention of COVID-19 and to discuss necessary actions to follow under Mon district. The advisor also donated masks to police personnel on duty.

Timeline set for shops in Longleng

Deputy Commissioner Longleng, M. Shayung Phom has directed all the shops and business establishments dealing with groceries and vegetables to open their shops and businesses establishments from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The DC has also directed bakeries and paan shops to remain closed with immediate effect till further order.

Kohima Ao Baptist Church donates 

Kohima Ao Baptist Church in a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary Temjen Toy has assured that they will be donating Rs. 3 lakhs to the Government of Nagaland for procuring more Personal Protective Equipments for better protection of the mainline workers. Besides the monetary donation, the Church expressed its heartfelt prayer for God to intervene and aid all the mainline workers who are putting their lives at risk for the safety and healing of the citizens.

DC Kohima bans unauthorized private water tankers 

Gregory Thejawelie Deputy Commissioner Kohima has informed that in the interest of public service and safety, all private water tankers not possessing necessary permit issued by the Kohima Municipal Council have been banned from plying with immediate effect. 

Further, the following guidelines are to be strictly followed by the drivers and handymen of the permitted private water tankers: No passengers will be allowed except for the driver and handyman; the vehicle should be properly sanitized; no other articles/materials should be carried except water; and the driver and handyman should wear hand gloves, mask and use sanitizers at all times. 

DC Zunheboto directs VCCs/GBS

DC, Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo has sent out a circular for strict compliance with immediate effect, directing all VCCs/GBs of all villages and wards under Zunheboto district to carry out the following order: To identify, ascertain and compile the number and details of daily wage earners within their jurisdiction and submit to the nearest Administration HQ/Circle. The respective area administrative officers shall ensure that the compilation is collected on an urgent basis. To assist the MOs/Rapid Response teams in strictly enforcing the home quarantine of any individual who has been placed under surveillance by the medical department within their respective jurisdiction. The concerned MOs/RRTs have been asked to coordinate with the VCCs and/or GBs in identifying the individuals placed under home quarantine.

DC Tuensang issues order

In the interest of the public safety and health, as decided in the meeting of the District Task Force on COVID -19 Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant has issued the following directives for strict compliance by all concerned: All the shops and business establishment within the jurisdiction of Tuensang Town Council selling essential goods and commodities will remain open for public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. Pharmacies and Petrol Pump may follow the regular timings. 

The order comes into force with immediate effect and shall remain enforced till further order.

Kohima DTF visits quarantine & treatment centres

The Kohima COVID-19 District Task Force led by DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie visited and took stock of the preparations underway at the quarantine centre being set up at Meriema, Kohima which can house upto 432 persons who are under quarantine. 

The team also visited the COVID-19 treatment centre at Chedema where all positive cases of COVID-19 in Kohima district will undergo treatment. The hospital is well equipped with proper isolation wards and ICUs and will serve as the main centre for treating COVID-19 positive patients under Kohima district.

The team finally visited the interstate checkgate at Kuzhama where screening is being done on all those entering into Nagaland. The team had a brief discussion with the healthcare and police personnel posted at the check gate regarding their safety and welfare.

Business to open for 2 hours in Kiphire 

As per the order given by the Deputy Commissioner Kiphire, Sarita Yadav, daily bazaar and grocery shops will be open only on alternate days i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The shops were opened for two hours on March 27to the public to purchase their daily essential commodities. They were also allowed to purchase only 10 kg of foodgrains per family. After two hours, all the shops, public movement and vehicular movement were stopped.

KODH restricts visit 

In an attempt to prevent spread of COVID-19, Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home (KODH) has restricted visit of outsiders. KODH chairman, Neibanuo said the decision to restrict entry of non-residents to the home was taken keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of the children. Neibanuo said the measure was taken as the management does not have sufficient safety gears for all the children.

Inadequate medical team & police at Tseminyu

Keeping in mind the “insufficient” police force and medical team in Tseminyu headquarters, Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ) has informed that it will be extending all possible assistance and support to the district administration in implementing the COVID-19 safety measures to the public.

In a press release, RSZ president, Kenneth Kath and general secretary, Sokenye Kent said the union interacted with the additional deputy commissioner and senior medical officer Tseminyu in this regard.

RSZ said the youth bodies shall extend all support and assistance to the village authority to make sure that people are made aware of the dreadful spread of the virus and to educate the community in dealing with the situation.

RSZ informed that its volunteers will assist the administration and police force, time to time, in making a routine checking of all business establishments. The union said all routes entering into the Rengma area shall be strictly manned. 

The union has also asked the state government to supply and issue all basic necessary equipments to the medical team to carry out their duty. RSZ has also asked doctors and medical fraternity posted under Tseminyu sub division to be at station to assist the people at any given situation.

Testing time for GBs, says DDGBA 

Dimapur District GB’s Association (DDGBA) has appealed all GBs of respective villages, wards and colonies to police, administration or medical teams as and when required.

DDGBA president, Khehovi V. Chophi and general secretary, L.Ponghok Phom said it was “collective responsibilities” to fight against this pandemic and reminded that GBs that they have huge roles to play and contribute. Stating that it was a “testing time” for the GBs, DDGBA said GBs have to show their “solidarity” during such crisis and to attend to the “needs and service” of the public rather than shying away from responsibilities.

Meanwhile, DDGBA also appreciated the central and state administrations for taking strong measures to stop and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

CVC asks residents to follow rules

Chümoukedima Village Council (CVC) has appealed its residents to adhere to the 21-day lockdown order and various preventive and precautionary measures. The council has directed all residents to remain at home uncles for basic necessity and medical emergency. It has directed shop owners/keepers within its jurisdiction to wear mask and wash hands with soap or use hand sanitizer. CVC has prohibited meetings/functions/ public gathering. 

CVC has also asked any person returning from outside the state to self quarantine for at least 14 days and remain isolated from the family members. They are also asked to inform the village council authority, CMO or colony/ward leaders of their whereabouts.

The council has also barred visitors/outsiders from entering Chümoukedima village jurisdiction. Any individual wanting to enter the village has been asked to seek prior permission from the village council. It has also tasked Chümoukedima Village Youth Society (CVYS) to strictly monitor all entry and exit points.

MVC bans entry of outsiders 

Medziphema Village Council (MVC) has barred entry of visitors/outsiders within Medziphema jurisdiction with immediate effect till further government order. The council has also asked any individual coming from outside the state to self quarantine for 14 days as per government guidelines. 

MVC cautioned that any individual /group not adhering to government guidelines, within its village jurisdiction, will be strictly dealt with.

NPF extends assistance

NPF minority wing distributed masks and hand sanitizers to some “needy” people in hospitals, drivers on road and police personnel on duty in town area on March 25 and 26.

S.D. Jain Samaj distributes food

Digambar Jain community distributed food packets, fruits and water to the police personnel, volunteers on duty and the needy in and around Dimapur town.

LDWS distributes essentials

Longchen Developmental Welfare Society (LDWS), Aoyimti village distributed food grains to the poor and needy people in and around Dimapur on March 25 and 26.


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