Provide equipment to COVID-19 hospitals in Eastern areas: ENCSU

DIMAPUR, MAY 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/26/2020 1:07:39 PM IST

Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union (ENCSU) has asked the State government to immediately provide necessary equipment to COVID-19 hospitals across Eastern Nagaland. And since most of those returning to the State from different parts of the country belonged to Eastern Nagaland (other than Dimapur) as per government records, the union urged the government to address the issue before the situation worsened further.

Pointing to lack of proper facilities in Eastern Nagaland, ENCSU asserted that the people were nonetheless preparing for the worst and ready to join rest of the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

It also urged the government to ensure that the returnees of Eastern districts were sent from Dimapur only after proper screening and necessary tests. 

Asserting that Kohima and Dimapur belonged to everybody, the union regretted that the response from some section of the society during the pandemic exposed the mentality of Nagas.

Despite the huge number of returnees from Eastern Nagaland, the union said the region did not have enough space to accommodate all unlike in Dimapur and Kohima where all major development works are generally focused by the government. Eastern areas had very few hotels or institutions and government infrastructure for use as quarantine centres in comparison to Dimapur and Kohima, it pointed. 

Nevertheless, ENCSU claimed the district administrations in coordination with all stakeholders were doing exceptionally well to ensure that all returnees were received. And if the State government could provide enough facilities and at least one testing lab in Eastern district hospitals, then the returnees would not bother any organization or resident of Kohima and Dimapur in any manner, it added.

The union also appealed to the government not to rely on Assam for testing COVID-19 samples from eastern districts though some officials had claimed that it would be more convenient for districts like Mon to test in Dibrugarh, Assam.

Claiming that everyone in eastern districts were cooperating with the government in battling the pandemic, ENCSU called for deputing officials in border areas to see how people were struggling.

Poor connectivity deprives students from online classes

ENCSU expressed concern over a large number of students being left out from online classes in various part of the State due to poor internet services, especially in Eastern Nagaland. The union appealed to the department concerned and the government to take measures to ensure proper internet connectivity at village level, or else allow the students to take classes in schools or arrange tuitions at their homes in their respective villages.


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