CS to personally monitor COVID teams

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/15/2020 11:39:58 AM IST

Following the setting up of a “COVID-19 war room” at his office, chief secretary Temjen Toy has assured of personally monitoring work of surveillance teams, whether they were working according to plan and the tracking process of those in quarantine.

Speaking to Nagaland Post at his office chamber here on Wednesday, the chief secretary admitted that performance of all the district-level surveillance teams was not satisfactory and that in some cases it was pathetic. He, however, expressed overall satisfaction at the way most teams were working and exuded confidence there would be less confusion in the days to come following the setting up of the “war room”.

He said he would be personally monitoring all developments from the war room and, based on the information received, necessary directives would be given out by him accordingly. Headed by the chief secretary, the war room was set up on Tuesday to act as an integrated and centralised command control centre vis-à-vis COVID-19.

He claimed that the State government was taking all measures to contain the virus even though there were certain loopholes, and which the government was trying to plug them. Toy said chief minister Neiphiu Rio had assigned one minister, one adviser and an opposition member in all districts to oversee the ongoing preparation, even as health & family welfare (H&FW) principal director Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie had personally visited all districts and had given his feedback. He however said he would not sit content with only beds and ventilators but would find out whether those were functional or not. On reports of inferior quality of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other such medical gears being provided to frontline health workers, the chief secretary said though not everyone was authorised to speak, but some officials had gone to the press to create panic and fear in the minds of the people.

He explained that with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, there was global shortage of protective gears like N95 masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, PPE, ventilators, etc., adding Government of India had distributed some equipment to hospitals for emergency during the H1N1 epidemic. Subsequently more protective gears were purchased and distributed. But now, he said the State government had constituted quality control board and unless the materials were certified by QCB, these would not be distributed. 

Toy commented wryly that of late many “experts” on PPEs had emerged though most of them had not seen PPEs personally as these were meant for pathologists. However, following the pandemic, he claimed the State government was following good practices of other States and trying to learn from their mistakes as well, stressing that this was a war and not the time to fight “among ourselves”.

Emphasising that the war against COVID-19 had to be fought together, he appealed for cooperation and participation from all communities though there could be some lapses on the part of the government.  



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