Kohima May 26 : The Kohima Village Council (KVC) in letters addressed to the state chief minister and the principal secretary of Health & Family Welfare Department have urged them to ensure that all stranded citizens of Nagaland returning from various states, be sent off to their respective eight districts instead of being quarantined here.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, KVC president Dr. Neiphi Kire and Secretary Zeneizo Rutsa, placed on record the Council’s “unreserved sympathy” for the three returnees who tested Coronavirus positive on Monday, pointed out that KVC had written to the Chief Secretary on May 22 last, to send all returnees to their respective districts without halting in Kohima. KVC reminded the Chief Minister of the implications of increased risk of spread of the virus to residents of Kohima if returnees coming from high risk zones were all kept together at quarantine centers in Kohima.
The council said accommodating returnees from eight districts has added stress and workload on front-line workers especially after another batch of 84 returnees arrived at Kohima on May 25. It said more returnees would arrive in Kohima through different modes of transport in the coming days, if the current strategy of accommodating continued. The new arrivals would saturate the present available quarantine facilities and place additional risk on those who have completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. In this regard, KVC said it took strong exception to the Government’s decision to dump all transit passengers of other seven districts at the quarantine centers in Kohima when other quarantine centers in the other seven districts were already funded and set up by the respective district authorities.
KVC informed the Chief Minister that it regretted that after having “succinctly” stated its sentiments to the Chief Secretary, there has been no consideration to its plight. The Angamimiapfu Mechu Krotho (Angami Women’s Union), while expressing appreciation of the State Government’s efforts to bring back students from various parts of the country, especially from Red Zones or crossing such cities, Angamimiapfu Mechu Krotho (AMK) has urged the Principal Secretary for Health and Family Welfare to take necessary measures to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread to colonies or villages of Nagaland in the event the virus entered the state through returnees coming from Red Zones. In a joint statement AMK President Kevinourheno Seyie and Shurhivino Nakhro maintained that 80% of COVID-19 affected are generally asymptomatic and unless testing was done, they can transmit the virus through contact and spreading into community transmission.
Meanwhile, pointing out that Eastern Nagaland lacked adequate health infrastructures coupled with poor road communication, Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) has appealed to the State Government to ensure that Eastern Nagaland returnees must be sent to their respective districts only after undergoing two “compulsive” swab tests. In a release ENPO president Kekongchim and General Secretary Manlang Phom urged all returnees to cooperate with the state authorities and village council. (UNI)