WSH renews demand for BS Laboratory-3 in Dimapur

Dimapur, Apr 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/16/2020 12:08:01 PM IST

Western Sumi Hoho(WSH) has renewed its demand to the state government for setting up a Bio Safety Laboratory (Level 3) in Dimapur, even as an IAF plane arrived Dimapur on April 16 with equipments for the BSL-3 at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima(NHAK).

According to WSH , the state received around Rs.326 crore from the Union Finance ministry on April 3 and thus, saw no reason as to why “judicious and equal allotment” of fund as per population and on preparedness could not be done at this was the need of the hour.

Arguing its case in favour of the BSL-3 level lab for Dimapur, WSH said the district was most densely populated and was endemic to various diseases that fitted the need for a laboratory (BSL-3).

It may be noted that the state government has decided to set up only a BSL-2 level for Dimapur . In view of the unexplained reason for grading Dimapur for level-2, the WSH said people of Dimapur district were demanding to know the reasons why Kohima has been given preference over Dimapur with regard to testing laboratory?

WSH also said it has learnt that some firms dealing with the equipments were willing to set it up and also train the technicians and also help run the laboratory during the initial period besides other back ups.

WSH has also demanded that state government provide proper masks(N95), complete protective gears, ventilators, COVID test kits , PPEs etc to all frontline workers in all districts. It said more testing should start immediately in order to check the spread of the virus before it is too late. WSH also asked the state leaders be fair, honest and efficient it the fight against COVID-19 so as to enable better performance in meeting the challenge posed by the virus. 

WSH has also asked the state government to provide proper lodging to frontline workers and that nutritious food be provided in all quarantine centres in order to help boost the immune system of those persons. It also urged the state to look to the welfare of staff of Zion Hospital Dimapur by providing needed care since they were currently facing hardship, abuse and stigmatisation from various corners.

WSH also criticised the government’s recent order that barred officials from interacting with media on COVID preparedness. It opined that this was an attempting to muzzle freedom of expression as enshrined under Article 19(A) of the Indian constitution. WSH said sharing of concern for enlightenment of public and their common welfare towards improvement should be encouraged . WSH said Nagas were not living under a communist regime as in China or North Korea where any criticism against the state was not tolerated by their tyrannical leaders. WSH said everyone has a right to expression in a democratic country so long it did not threaten the security of both state and nation.

In this regard, WSH lauded the role of newspaper in bringing out the truth adding it was not a time for top government officials to play a game of vendetta but instead take corrective steps instead of gagging officers.

Drawing attention on a patient from Dimapur who was tested COVID-19 positive in Guwahati, WSH said had the patient not gone to Guwahati then all the doctors and nurse would have been in greater danger due to the pathetic and ill preparedness of the COVID-19 hospital Dimapur. This is an eye opener for the state for taking corrective steps, said WSH. 

It also urged legislators to go the extra mile to make sure that all hospital beds and equipments were ready and operational at any given point of time.

WSH also demanded that DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi IAS, withdraw a recent notification asking teachers to immediately report for training to combat COVID-19. WSH the call on teachers was like inviting the virus instead of containing it. WSH wanted to know whether the DC or CMO can provide trainee teachers with good quality PPEs? It said when the whole world was advised to ‘Stay Home Stay Safe’, maintain social distancing etc, asking teachers to go for training at such a tie was “ridiculous and highly irresponsible”.

WSH said its only objection to the proposal stemmed from the fact that even present frontline workers were issued with low quality PPEs and were still not fully prepared. Therefore, WSH said parents will not allow their children to follow the order if an infected teacher also attended the training. In this regard, WSH called upon ANSTA and heads of institutions to stand for the cause of teachers. Since everyone has heard and was aware of Dos and Don’t s on COVID-19 since past four months, alternative methods were needed but not through training teachers as the latter involved some risks.

WSH also said people living at Bor-Lengri, Aghunaqa and Saghuna were facing immense hardships due to scarcity of essential commodities as they were prevented from entering Dimapur from Assam side. WSH therefore appealed to the Special Committee to look into this problem and to immediately start distribution of foodgrains to affected families.WSH also appealed to all to stand united and provide help to the state government whenever called in order to overcome the pandemic. 



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