Educational institutions may have to be closed, says CM

Educational institutions may have to be closed, says CM
Neiphiu Rio (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/17/2021 12:18:54 PM IST

With the second wave of Covid-19 rampaging through the country, leading to reclosure of schools and educational institutions as well as lockdown in most States, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday said that schools across the state may also have to be closed down soon, while church services and other unavoidable public gatherings should be cut down to minimal attendance with mandatory Covid appropriate behaviour put into place.

Speaking at the launching of the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre (CVC) for health care workers (HCWs) at Thizama, Rio further appealed to all eligible to get themselves vaccinated, asserting that the vaccines used in India were safe with high efficacy rate.

Considering the high transmission and faster spread of Covid-19 in the second wave, Rio said that mortality and transmission rate was also terrifying, adding that the situation may become catastrophic if necessary precautionary measures were not put into place.

Rio, therefore, urged all those eligible to get inoculated and at the same time reminded those who had already been vaccinated to strictly follow COVID-19 protocol and safety guidelines.

On the occasion, Rio along with his wife also got the second dose of vaccine. The chief minister also released a media kit for journalists, providing messages and media content to create awareness on vaccine safety and to encourage people for availing of the free Covid vaccine.

Attributing the successful handling of the first wave to the collective efforts put in by civil societies, church, frontline and health workers in close coordination with the government, Rio exuded confidence that such camaraderie would be replicated even in the current battle against the disease.

Rio further urged the people to not be carried away by rumours and fear mongering against the vaccine, that were doing the rounds in various social media platforms.

He said the vaccines were developed by top scientists after thorough and intensive testing and were being administered to the public after necessary procedures and trials.

Earlier in the programme, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Vezokholü Theyo in a short speech informed that 23,606 people including health care and frontline workers had been vaccinated under Kohima district so far.

Dr Theyo further informed that the new duration between the two vaccine doses was around 42 to 45 days from the day of the first dose.

Earlier, the launching programme was chaired by Health and Family Welfare, principal secretary, AS Bhatia while welcome address was delivered by Thizama village chairman Viletuo Pienyü.


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