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Redeploy medical team at Khuzama check gate: AYO

DIMAPUR, MAY 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/20/2020 1:23:13 PM IST

Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) has demanded to know the reason from the department of health and family welfare Nagaland as to why were its personnel withdrawn from the Khuzama check gate when COVID-19 cases were reported in the north east, particularly Manipur. 

AYO president Kekhrie Pfukha claimed that the medical team arrived for duty at the check gate on Marcy 24 but were withdrawn on May 14 on the plea of shortage of medical staff for quarantine centres with the arrival of stranded returnees.
AYO said entry and exit points of a state were crucial areas to combat diseases for which vigilance should always be maintained at check gates. 
After the union home ministry has permitted inter-state movement, AYO appealed to the state government and authorities to “immediately set up screening facilities” and redeploy medical team at the Khuzama check gate in order to tackle the situation in the best interests of the public.
While reminding that WHO had said the virus would remain for some time, AYO said that so far, though Nagaland remained a green zone, yet there was fear that the virus could be “imported from other states.”
In this regard, AYO said more efforts and attention should be given in manning the check gate and expressed regrets that frontlines workers were struggling without being provided with required facilities and equipment and made to face great risks.
Against the backdrop of apprehension among Nagas about virus reaching the state, AYO said the withdrawal of medical team from the entry point was “like inviting the virus.” It said the absence of the medical team would lead to absence of conducing screening.
AYO therefore insisted that the government put in place more stringent measures to fight the virus for the well being of Naga society. 
 

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