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Lockdown relaxation in phases: Rio

Lockdown relaxation in phases: Rio
Rio and colleagues during their visit to the district COVID-19 hospital, Mokokchung. (DIPR)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, MAY 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 12:51:28 PM IST

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said relaxation of current lockdown in the State would be done in a phased manner, depending on the outcome of daily case reports.

Speaking at a meeting with Mokokchung district administration officials, police and representatives of civil society groups like Ao Senden, Watsu Mungdang (women organisation) AKM, ABAM, MTBA and All Ward Union Mokokchung at DC Bungalow here on Thursday to review the preparedness of the district in combating COVID-19 pandemic, Rio said Nagaland was placed in green zone with no positive case thus far. He, however, cautioned everyone against lowering their guard, even as he appealed to the people to follow all safety protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

The chief minister thanked and appreciated all for their selfless contributions and extending cooperation in fighting the pandemic in Lockdown 2.0 and said he expected the same from every quarter in the extended Lockdown 3.0. He admitted that nobody was prepared to deal with the pandemic, adding that it was just by the God’s grace that there was no positive case in the State so far. He pointed out that this was possible only because everyone came together in the fight. 

According to him, it was through collective unity of all that Nagaland could withstand the pandemic thus far and solicited continuous support from all in this regard. 

“Since we are fighting with an invisible enemy, we should all put our mistakes and differences behind and fight this enemy united,” he emphasised. 

Admitting that it was good to point out mistakes to enable the government to take corrective measures, Rio asserted that the State government was now prepared to face the pandemic even as he hoped the virus did not come to “our land”.

The chief minister was also categorical that Nagaland should now move towards self-sustainability and sufficiency. Giving a dismal view of the State’s economy, he proposed going back to the land to produce food. He added that this pandemic should be a lesson for every Naga to go back to the land.

Deputy chief minister Y Patton, who also spoke at the meeting, acknowledged the efforts of all – led by the district administration down to stakeholders – for their strong unceasing cooperation and support in fighting the pandemic in the district. He also expressed his appreciation to the villages and residents along inter-State border areas for their contributions, while assuring additional security, if required, in the district, especially in the border areas.

Minister in charge of COVID-19 Metsubo Jamir highlighted the various programmes and action taken in fighting the pandemic in the district.

Convened by Mokokchung deputy commissioner Limawabang Jamir, the meeting was also attended by local elected legislators, including Nagaland Legislative Assembly speaker Sharingain Longkumer, higher education & technical education minister Temjen Imna Along, national highways adviser Dr Longriniken and Imkong L Imchen, MLA. 

Earlier, Rio visited COVID-19 hospital (TB Hospital and IMDH), during which staff of the hospital demonstrated disposal of dead body as per the medical protocol. He also distributed relief package (food) to daily wage earners and labourers at the hospital.


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