State govt to bear treatment costs of COVID-19 patients

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/27/2020 12:40:35 PM IST
The State government will bear the entire costs for sample tests and treatment for COVID-19.  This was confirmed by State nodal officer for COVID-19, Dr Nyan Kikon on Friday.
Speaking to Nagaland Post, the State nodal officer also admitted shortage of personal protective equipments (PPEs) and emergency stuff and explained that non-uniformity of lockdown in the country had delayed transportation of the equipments from the manufacturers’ end.
He however said the consignments were expected to reach Nagaland in a day or two and, on arrival, these would be dispatch to all the districts.
To a query, Kikon said an amount of Rs 1,15,68,000 was sanctioned till Thursday noon for all district hospitals and chief medical officers for training purposes, operational costs, etc, by the health & family welfare (H&FW) department.
On reports of discrimination being meted out against some health workers by neighbours and citizens, Kikon said such incidents should never happen, stressing one should not discriminate, ostracise or discriminate the health workers who were working for the citizens by putting their lives to great risk.
Meanwhile, the H&FW department is working overtime to convert the designated district hospitals into COVID-19 hospitals and making various arrangements to ramp up their infrastructure and provide other amenities.
The State government had declared COVID-19 hospitals in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung.

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