Post Mortem

From which side the virus is going to enter

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/3/2020 12:30:26 PM IST

 The Tobu Area Students’ Union (TASU) while appreciating the state Govt. and all the front liners in battle against the COVID-19, would like to draw the attention of the state Govt.  to understand the gravity of the situation in one of the most remote corner of the state sharing inter-district boundary with Longleng and Tuensang District and international boundary with Myanmar. Tobu area is located as far as 180 kms from District Hq, with a total No. of 16 recognized village and two Town Hq. and a population of more than 40,150 as per the 2011 census record. And being located in border, the community have list of issues while tackling with the C-19 starting from deplorable road condition which does not allow the villagers to transport the PHH, AAY and other essential commodities, home Quarantine, where the majority of the traditional house is constructed in such a way that we have only single room with common kitchen at the entire area. However the union would like to share the ground realities so as to develop a mechanism where both urban and rural population gets equal benefit of all the initiative by the State Govt.

HEALTH: A total number of 4 Sub-Centres, 3 PHC and the only CHC at Tobu Hq. are functioning under Tobu Sub-division with lack of manpower and medical equipments. The Doctors posted at PHC Yongkhao and Pessao have been on study leave for more than a decade and is managed by staff nurse and attendant, three Doctors (1 MBBS, BAMS & Dentist each) are currently posted at CHC Tobu. And as per the data collected by the union, the Department have appointed only 4 Doctors and 14 Nurses to tackle the entire 40,150 population which is not at all justified and also does not meet the minimum standard of any health centre. Having access to good health is not a privilege but the right of every individual and we call upon the department officers for quick intervention to help the hard to reach community which have been neglected for last so many years. The union would also like to seek support from the department for immediate deployment of MO at all the PHCs, Ambulance for PHC Changlangshu and for immediately sending the thermal scanner, more PPE and other needed equipments at CHC Tobu, considering the distance from the District Hq.  

NETWORK CONNECTION AND POWER SUPPLY: While the rest of the children in the state are being facilitated by different Government agencies for compensating the loss of instructional days due to lock down by initiating online teaching and broad casting of video lessons at Doordarshan, Kohima, the children of Tobu area are left with no choice but to waste their academic classes along with the lockdown. A total number of three villages, namely Shinnyu, Mienchangle and Yeangmai Village, is yet to be electrified even after the state Govt. have announced 100% electrification in the state during 72nd Independence Day speech. The sub-division also has three village, namely Shinnyu, Yongkhao and Eyeang, with no network connection making it very hard to reach them at the time of emergency. Proper electric supply and good network is interconnected and as such the irregularity of the power for last so many years have caused lots of problem towards the community. 

ADMINISTRATION: Considering the distance from the District Hq, posting of separate administrative officers for SDO (C) Monyakshu and immediate posting of EAC at Mopong is urgently needed without giving additional incharge as it is becoming very difficult for only the ADC and SDO(C) who are currently posted at Tobu to monitor and look after the entire population especially during the law and order situation in times of emergency. The union felt the need for early establishment of additional EAC Hq under Tobu Sub-division to cover up the villages of Pessao, Yongkhao, Shinnyu and Tamkoang in the border area.

EDUCATION: In Education sector, the entire Tobu Sub-division is under the establishment of the Sub-divisional Education Officer (SDEO) as the controlling officer of the department. There are 45 Govt. schools and 8 private schools under this establishment. However, in the absence of the controlling officer, the smooth functioning of the department is beyond expectation. The SDEO of Tobu was transferred in the middle of 2019, without any replacement, which faces lots of hardship/problem in the department, especially in this situation where the department of school education has introduced to initiate online classes for students of classes 8-12. The teacher of the sub-division has no knowledge about the same. Since, the clear information or guideline from the concerned department is not provided yet. Therefore, the immediate posting of SDEO at Tobu Hq. is an urgent need to meet the grievances of the teachers and students.

SECURITY: The area shares international boundary with Myanmmar and since time immemorial the relation between the villages of both the sides have been very close, however after the notification from the state Govt. was received, the union with support from Village Council have sealed the border as a precautionary measures and regular duties are maintained by volunteers using only mask and hand sanitizer and as such establishment of VG post at border Village such as Shinnyu Village is of urgent needs as it is  more difficult to reach them without electricity connection and no network connection at the village. Addition of security personnel at 6th NAP B Coy, Tobu and upgradation of OC Police station to SDPO Tobu is required for the smooth functioning of security coverage as with the present strength, untold hardship and challenges are faced for normal conduct of duty. In a fight to stop the Novel Corona Virus, the State Govt. is fervently requested to look at all the angles as we are uncertain from which side the virus is going to make its way in our state.

TASU President Sangti Konyak and General Secretary Davidson Ngushu

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