Public cooperation sought to fight pandemic

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/17/2020 1:28:04 PM IST

As COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise in Nagaland, the state Health & Family Welfare department, particularly health professionals have come under immense public scrutiny from various quarters.

Talking to Nagaland Post, spokesperson of COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur, Dr. George Thirah while acknowledging the civil society organisations and public urged for their support, sought further cooperation in the fight against the virus.

Lamenting that of late health professionals had been on the receiving end, Dr. George appealed to the people to consider the plight of the health professionals and staff.

Despite risking their lives and fighting the virus from the front, Dr. George regretted that doctors, nurses and medical staff have been widely criticised even for trivial slip-ups.

Citing examples of “selfless service”, Dr. George said despite using “best” Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and undergoing COVD-19 training, some doctors, nurses, peon, drivers and cook got infected while discharging their duty.  

He said some of them were still hospitalised while those who have recovered have resumed their duty.

“Health professionals and medical staff are working tirelessly to prevent the spread of the virus. We are risking ours and live of our family members in the service of our people. We appeal for cooperation, good wishes and prayers,” said Dr. George.

Pointing out that the pandemic has crippled even the best medical institutions in the world, Dr. George said the state Health department along with the state government was doing its best to contain the pandemic.

He said the department or the government alone cannot win the fight against the virus, for which public support and cooperation was important.

 “We do not know for how long this virus will be around, we can only fight it with the support and cooperation from all sections of the society,” he said.


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