NTC urges citizens to cooperate with govt

DIMAPUR, MAR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/24/2020 12:21:39 PM IST

Expressing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic that was claiming thousands of lives worldwide, the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has urged the people of Nagaland to stand united and pray to Almighty God for His healing and also cooperate with the directives of the government to get rid of the dreaded disease.

In a press release, NTC president Toniho Yepthomi and general secretary Nribemo Ngullie said that India was no exception to the problem in spite of several precautionary measures adopted by the government both at the centre and the state.  Referring to ICMR report that India was not very far away from Stage-3 of COVID-19 spreading into communities, the NTC queried whether the Nagaland and the state government was ready to deal with the impending COVID-19 pandemic. 

The council asserted that taking care of people entering Nagaland, be it children from other affected areas, tourist or other commoners visiting the State or passing through Nagaland were of prime importance. 

NTC said at the same time it was worrisome to think the safety of the medical health workers and the facilities made available to them.

NTC has urged the state government to ensure proper safety and precautions for the health workers in the hospitals, quarantine centres, the lone airport and railway stations and check points etc. It also said that police personnel involved in the job must be provided with health safety gears.  

NTC maintained that the need of the hour was to provide face mask of good quality which prevents infection, face shields or goggles. 

Further, NYC has demanded creation of public registry of ICU beds not only in government hospital but private hospital also in order to know how many critical patients could be treated effectively. It said that provision of additional beds based on prediction of WHO and ICMR must be made urgently. 

Further, it suggested expansion of screening facilities in the state to contain COVID-19 from becoming epidemic. It has asked government to provide testing kits and preparedness instruction to all 11 districts and the sub-divisions in Nagaland to enhance screening and testing capacity to all suspected patients as immediately as possible.

NTC expressed hope that the distribution of safety materials provided to all the health centres could be published in the print media for satisfaction of the general public. 


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