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Rio flags off 24 ambulances sponsored by NHIDCL

Rio flags off 24 ambulances sponsored by NHIDCL
Neiphiu Rio flagging off the ambulances on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/27/2021 1:01:46 PM IST

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio Tuesday flagged off 24 ambulances equipped with basic life-support system donated by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme at Secretariat plaza here. 

Speaking at the flagging-off programme, Rio appreciated the various initiatives undertaken by NHIDCL under its CSR project and thanked the organisation for all its support. 

Mentioning that such gesture would go a long way in building trust and confidence in the people of the region, he hoped that the same support would be rendered by NHIDCL even in the days to come. 

He said there were many big factories, manufacturing units and corporate in big cities and States that paid huge Central taxes. In order to save taxes, they diverted their money towards CSR activities. 

He regretted that Nagaland did not have a single industry because of which the State did not benefit from any CSR activity, even as the State received its share of Central taxes and reliefs.

However, with NHIDCL chipping in now for the first time, he hoped the State would witness more such CSR programmes in the future. 

Meanwhile, with the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic causing mayhem, Rio emphasised that being a poor and resource-crunch State, Nagaland needed support not only from the Centre but also from various business institutions. He said the ambulance equipped with basic life-support system would serve the people much better and help save many lives.  He also thanked health workers for working hard and handling the first wave of pandemic carefully and professionally. 

The chief minister called for maintaining carefully old and outdated ambulances and use them for primary health centres so that these reached the people at the grassroots and help them avail healthcare services. 

In his brief address, NHIDCL executive director MS Doel said the corporation has a vision to make Nagaland among the best connected States of the country within a short period of time with continued proactive support. 

He claimed that during the last 11 months, NHIDCL had also contributed towards social uplift by running four skill development programmes in Phek, Dimapur and Peren districts, distributing 94,000 flavoured milk bottles free to children in government schools in Dimapur and Kohima and installing nine bore wells for drinking water in remote village of Mokokchung and Longleng. 

He said the initiative of providing 24 life-support ambulances during this time of medical emergency in the backdrop of COVID-19 was part of this CSR initiative.

Equipped with oxygen, cardiac monitor, AC, power backup and defibrillator, the 24 ambulances were distributed to 12 districts and some important health units.

Health & family welfare principal director Dr Kevichusa Medikhrü chaired the programme. 

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