Post Mortem

Who is responsible and what shall we do?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/30/2020 1:22:53 PM IST

 The leaders of Tuensang have given all their possible efforts in order to prevent the virus from entering the town. Even the trucks carrying the essential commodities were not allowed to enter the town. The Chambers of Commerce has been spending lakhs for receiving the essential commodities from the outskirt of the town. The trucks from Assam were made to stop 15 kilometers away from the town. Despite all these plan of action, the lapses in Kohima and the officials remaining tightlipped over the in human evacuation of the people of Tuensang has left so many questions to be answered.

1. Having read the account of Hon'ble NPF MLA Shri. Muthinyuba Sangtam and enquiring from reliable sources, it is learnt that Shri. Pangnyu Phom, Hon'ble Minister H&FW being the Convenor of  ENLU and his Team has tried their best to stop the bus from deporting the people to Tuensang before the test result. They knew that the Chennai returnees are from vulnerable Red zones and some of their co passengers were already tested positive for Covid in the morning at Kohima. Therefore, Shri. Pangnyu Phom, Hon'ble Minister, all his ENLU Team and the President of ENPO sat down for a meeting at Shri. CM Chang’s residents in order to stop the Tuensang bound buses from moving out of Kohima on that fateful day, 26th May 2020. Since all the War Room Team Members were not responding to their phone call, Shri. Pangnyu Phom, Hon'ble Minister even took the ENLU members viz. Shir. Kashiho Sangtam, Hon'ble Minister, Shri. Toshi Wungtung Hon’ble Advisor, Shri. CL John MLA, Shri. Toyang Chang MLA, Shri. Toshi  and Hon'ble MLA Muthingniba Sangtam, to the war room. However, the Kohima War room which is headed by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Neiphiu Rio, Shri. Abu Metha, Advisor to CM and Temjen Toy, Chief Secretary were not at the War Room. 

Since the buses have already departed, they made several attempts over the phone in order to recall back the dispatched buses. However nobody was willing to take the responsibility of recalling back the departed buses. Finally Shri. Pangnyu Phom and his ENLU Team went to the Deputy Commissioner’s residence at Kohima. The DC informed the visiting team that his job was just to make the transportation arrangements and to recall back the buses was beyond his power. The decision to transport the passengers of Mokokchung and Tuensang was taken by someone by overriding the decision of the cabinet. So who is responsible? Who gave directions to send back the returnees of Chennai by ignoring standard SOPs issued by the Chief Secretary on 18th May 2020 and successive Cabinet decision?

2. The State government has pumped in crores in Kohima Quarantine centers in order to accommodate all the state returnees. Only after obtaining the test results, the returnees were supposed to be shifted to district quarantine centers. Is the overruling of the Cabinet decision to send returnees only after Test result taken by the Commissioner and Secretary, H&FW or the Principal Director H&FW or the District functionaries at District level? Whether the above Officials connived with the Kohima based NGOs to overrule the cabinet decision? 

3. It is learnt that the returnees sent to Mokokchung and Tuensang on that fateful day had other State returnees clubbed with Chennai returnees even after knowing and fully aware that Chennai returnees are from vulnerable Red zones and some were already tested positive for Covid? So who took the decision to club all returnees together without segregation as per standard SOP? 

4. Unlike the quarantine centers of Kohima, Tuensang Containment zone Sao Chang Government College shares common toilet and latrine, thus exposing the returnees to further infections. Hence what will Government do in order to stop the spread of infection in Tuensang containment zone?

5. God forbide if it has now spread to all the returnees in containment zone. If it has then many reasons to be afraid of as this would spiral out into community infection. Hence a proactive measure needs to be undertaken by both Government and public of Tuensang. All possible help should be rendered to District Health Machineries in order to stop community spreading.

6. District Hospital Tuensang is a 54 Bedded hospital without any cabins to isolate positive patients. Therefore in the event of all fateful returnees been tested positive, an additional logistics needs to be arranged to house as District Hospital Tuensang will not be able to accommodate all positive returnees. What is Government going to do in order to accommodate the positive patients?

7. As per SOP, 3 Kms radius need to be cordoned off with additional 2 km as buffer area in containment zone. However this is not possible for Tuensang but at least the sectors/colonies of Tuensang surrounding District Hospital Tuensang should be cordoned off for general public in order to avoid another disaster in this disaster.

8. The Government has to immediately look into the waste management, sanitation and latrine/bathroom facilities for the Covid Hospital Tuensang. All this logistics need to be put in place to avoid community infection. All the required medical equipments and facilities needs to be provided at the earliest.

9. Manpower needs to be generated. Young and able volunteers of Tuensang need to be trained as manpower of Health care in the district is very less.

10. In this time of disaster, all of us need to be considerate and extend helping hand to the people of Tuensang. Nagaland is a small state. If the infection spreads in community, all systems will collapse so government and the people should be proactive and be visionary in roping in all available resources. The earmark of Christianity is kindness, compassion, and love. It’s not fighting back, attacking others, settling scores, or leveraging people’s pain for our own advancement. 

B.R. Chang, St. John Sector A, Tuensang Town

 

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