COVID-19: Retd health workers volunteer to assist H&FW deptt

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/6/2020 11:47:10 AM IST

Around 60 former health workers have responded to the health & family welfare (H&FW) department’s appeal for assistance during the current crisis following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) vice-president Dr Sashi said it was found during a review meeting three days back that around 60 health workers comprising of retired doctors, nurses and paramedics had responded to the H&FW department’s appeal to assist it in combating COVID-19.

He said the department was trying its best to prevent spreading of the pandemic into the State and making all arrangements and complimented it for putting in best efforts.

He however pointed out that though the department was giving its best, yet there were so many things that were still required to be done. He stressed that while arrangements were being made for prospective COVID-19 patients, the department should also find alternative for normal patients as they could not be simply ignored.

The NMC vice-president suggested that if anyone tested positive for coronavirus, quarantine centre should be arranged for those doctors, nurses and health workers who would be working on rotation basis.

He lauded the department for reaching out at the grassroots level and exuded confidence that more improvement would be seen in the next few weeks.

Consultant, psychiatrist and Kohima Educational Society chairman Dr P Ngullie, who also volunteered to assist the department, said being a part of the medical profession, it made doctors feel equally concerned in such times.

He appreciated the efforts of the H&FW department and preparedness level thus far to combat the spread of the pandemic into the State. He said though it was still not a war, but preparations were being made to face a ware-like situation and hoped that the State would be able to ward off the virus threat together.

He admitted that citizens were going through a tough time and many were suffering from anxiety and fears. He, however, reminded them that the lockdown was for a limited duration and think of those on the frontline combating the pandemic. 

Ngullie also urged those on the frontline not to play “one-upmanship” but be humble and have a human approach. He reminded all that it was not just another job that they were doing, but a duty towards humanity.

He opined that the State government must come out with proper module to help sensitize the people on the frontline, while also suggesting that the government must take decisions on conviction.

Expressing delight at the infrastructure improvements taking place in all district hospitals, he hoped that grants for the State would be judiciously utilised.


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