DTAH shocked at State’s level of preparedness

DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/15/2020 11:44:07 AM IST

Newly formed organization styled as - Dimapur Tribal Apex Hohos (DTAH)- has expressed shock at the State government’s level of preparedness in tackling the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a joint statement, DTAH sessional convener Zelhou Angami and sessional general secretary K Mar Lemtur, dismissed the government’s “oft-repeated claims” of being fully prepared to fight the pandemic as “hollow”. 

They alleged that the State was “ill-prepared” in terms of medical equipment and infrastructure and supply of essential commodities(citing the inconvenience faced by general public).

DTAH demanded to know as to why the government misled the general public with false assurances when there was no testing laboratory, personal protective equipments (PPE) and other sufficient protective gears for frontline warriors against COVID-19 in the State, especially in Dimapur district despite the pandemic having erupted worldwide few months back. 

The DTAH also alleged that the PPE and mask/respirator sets supplied to medical staffs were incomplete and of poor quality. It pointed out that masks were of lower grade (FFP1) instead of the recommended FFP3 or N95 grade. DTAH said supplying such substandard protective equipments in this situation was “a crime against humanity”. 

It also demanded that frontline warriors in Dimapur and in other parts of the State be immediately provided with complete PPE sets along with recommended FFP3 or N95 grade masks. 

DTAH also expressed concern over the poor condition of District Hospital, Dimapur, designated as COVID-19 Hospital, where living conditions even of VIP rooms were unfit for humans. DTAH has held the government solely responsible for the hospital’s deplorable condition. 

DTAH also demanded that renovation works , which had slowed down due to unavailability of funds, be completed by utilising the funds received from the Centre for the purpose of combating COVID-19. The DTAH also demanded that the government accord priority to Dimapur as it was the “gateway to Nagaland” which called for immediate setting up of a high-tech BSL-3 lab to test COVID-19 samples.

Further, DTAH said it has observed that social distancing was a failure in Dimapur district due to lack of a proper mechanism which only encouraged panic buying among many residents. 

The hoho also urged upon the government and district administration to pursue containment in an aggressive manner. It also appealed to general public to follow the government guidelines and instructions of staying home, maintaining social distancing when venturing out and complying with other protocols of the lockdown period.



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