DUCCF, GBs Union query to H&FW on BSL-2

DIMAPUR, AUG 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/1/2020 12:12:10 PM IST

Dimapur Urban Chairman Councils Federation (DUCCF) and GB’s Union Sadar Dimapur have questioned the health minister and department officials why the Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory at CIHR had been inoperative due to lack of reagents “despite the flow of funds”.

In a joint press release, DUCCF president Tsenthungo Nyamo and GB’s Union Sadar Dimapur president MY Ngullie maintained that adequate resources have been pouring in from the central government, adding that state-of-the-art facilities should be set up with those resources to combat the pandemic.

They said that it was imperative that since Dimapur, being the most densely populated district in the state besides being the commercial centre and gateway to Nagaland the testing lab should be functioning on war footing.

They also said that the staff of CIHSR should check the stock of testing kits and reagents, adding that by now the staff should be able to assess how long the testing kits and reagents would last. 

The two organisations termed as “unfortunate” that in Dimapur only the dead seemed to get access to tests. They maintained that recent incidents showed that samples of deceased have been collected for testing which ultimately turned out to be positive cases. 

They said that testing should have been done when they were alive so even family and friends would have taken adequate precautions when tending to their loved ones. 

DUCCF and GB’s union Sadar Dimapur have, therefore, requested that required testing facilities and reagents be made more abundant to cater to all sections of the populace.

Under such circumstances, they said district task force was compelled to call for lockdowns, which bring the economy to a grinding halt. 

They said that the most adversely affected were the daily wage earners, vendors and shop owners. “It is the lower strata of the populace that faced this daunting daily reality,” they said.


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