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  • Inside Nagaland’s COVID-19 ‘War Room’
    A view of Nagaland COVID-19 ‘War Room.’ (Morung Photo)   In an exclusive interview, Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy talks about State’s efforts to combat COVID-19 so far and future course of action       Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | April 29   The Conference Hall of the Chief Secretary of Nagaland, which has been functioning as the COVID-19 ‘War Room’ for almost a month now, is where about 20-odd people have been gatheri
  • Nagaland to take swabs of every deceased person
      Representative Image: A doctor wearing a protective suit stores a swab in a test tube to test for COVID-19 in Mumbai on April 8. (Prashant Waydande /Reuters File Photo)   Cannot take any chances and has to be absolutely sure, maintains Chief Secretary Temjen Toy    Morung Express News Kohima | April 29   The Nagaland Government has a new set of instruction on April 29 to take the swab of every deceased person to ensure that i
  • Lockdown: Immense challenge for people battling addiction, alcoholism
    Pixabay Image,   Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | April 29   With about 10,000 drugs users and more than 1600 Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) registered under the Targeted Intervention (TI) programme in Mon district run by the Nagaland State Aids Control Society (NSACS), the district is battling with another problem owing to the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by The Morung Express on April 4 (see ‘A twin battle for alcoholic
  • Not on lease, says State Govt on concerns over new ambulances
    Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio seen along with cabinet colleagues and other officials after launching of ambulances in Dimapur on April 28.    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 29   While the 10 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances procured by the State Government have brought some respite to the state’s crumbling health infrastructure, the registration numbers of the ambulances brought up many unanswered queries.   The vehicles were launched b
  • ‘Giving back in whatever way we can’
    Ronald Chasie, a Kohima-based techie who is currently offering free transportation services to people needing medical assistance during the lockdown period. (Morung Photo)   Since April 23, Ronald Chasie has been assisting transportation of patients in Kohima    Morung Express News Kohima | April 28 "I feel it is everyone's responsibility to contribute to society. The society has given us so much, we need to give back in whatever way we can," avers Ronald
  • The spirit of humanity amidst a pandemic
    Jenny's daughter helps her with baking goodies for the neighbours.   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | April 27  The ramification of the COVID-19 outbreak has been overwhelming, which has made many sad, depressed and lonely affecting individuals and society in many aspects. Every individual reacts differently to strenuous situations. These difficult times have also rekindled the spirit of humanity, compassion and love among many. While most people choose to sit b
  • Heavy rush in Kohima post lockdown easing
    A crowded footpath in Kohima on April 27. (Morung Photo)   Our Correspondent Kohima | April 27 Following the relaxation of more lockdown restrictions on April 25 last, several shops operate its services and activities today in the state capital Kohima. Apart from pharmacies, groceries and fruits/vegetable market, garments, footwear, hardwares, mobile phones, TV, book stalls and other stationary shops were opened today during the shopping hour from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Social worker offers free transportation for patients in Mon
    Morung Express News Kohima | April 27 H A Hongnao Konyak, a Mon-based social worker is providing free transportation service to patients in Mon town. With the nationwide lockdown for over a month, Hongnao felt that he had wasted a lot of days and nights staying at home doing nothing.  Desiring to be of service to his society, he contacted the District Task force in Mon town and enquired whether he could offer free services to the front line workers and patients. 
  • Tobacco users in a fix amid COVID-19 lockdown
    A 'No Tobacco' sign displayed in a shop in Dimapur. (Morung Photo)   Rebecca K Kits  Dimapur| April 26 Tobacco users across Dimapur are having a tough time during the lockdown as the availability of tobacco products has gone down drastically in the state. With the lockdown in force, tobacco users are left looking for their daily dose in every nook and corner, to no avail. Some who manage to find shops selling tobacco products- cigarettes, gutkha or pan masala
  • Life during lockdown –‘We shall overcome this’
    A woman walks home after buying groceries during shopping hours in Kohima. (Morung Photo)   Chizokho Vero Kohima | April 26  As the nationwide lockdown reached its final week, as no fresh restriction is imposed, The Morung Express approached a cross-section of people to gather their views and ask them about how they are spending their time during the nationwide lockdown period.     ‘I began to see brighter side of lockdown’ Social act
  • Innovative local incinerator to tackle waste in Mokokchung
    Innovative local incinerators installed to dispose wastes generated in the quarantine centers and COVID-19 Hospital in Mokokchung. (Photo Courtesy: Mokokchung District Administration)    Limasenla Jamir Mokokchung | April 25  Mokokchung District Administration has yet set its foot ahead by developing innovative local incinerators to dispose wastes that are generated in the quarantine centers and COVID-19 hospitals in Mokokchung. ADC Mokokchung, Manpai &nbs
  • Home gardening spurts in Nagaland during lockdown
    Cherry tomatoes ready to be plucked.    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 24 Kitchen and backyard gardens are refreshingly sprouting up in urban neighbourhoods in the state's commercial district during the lockdown period. Backyards and vacant plots within the building compounds are being cleared, ploughed and converted into mini gardens and varieties of vegetable seeds and shoots sown and transplanted into these gardens. The month-long national lockdown
  • Games you can play during quarantine
    Making the most of lockdown with friends and family   Morung Express News Dimapur| April 24 With the lockdown period extended, people have started to run out of things to do to keep themselves entertained. To stay social during a time of physical distancing, more people are turning to indoor games and online mobile games. Here’s a list of some of the most popular games people are indulging in during this phase to pass the time.   Ludo: Each evening, Liv
  • Mokokchung Cart: Connecting farmers with buyers
    Products being delivered through Mokokchung Cart, an app launched by the Mokokchung district administration.      Limasenla Jamir  Mokokchung | April 22    Mokokchung Cart, an android app launched by the Mokokchung district administration,has been helping the citizens of Mokokchung to order essential commoditiesand medicines online. The Mokokchung Cart app is a zero budget and non-profit project designed and developed by TA& Co. and
  • Nagaland: Retired docs & med students volunteer for service
    Members of Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) mobilizing health professionals volunteer to give their services during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | April 21 Responding to the government’s call for doctors to volunteer in the public health sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) is mobilizing health professionals who have volunteered to give their services.  The volunteers include retired doctors, nurses, young
  • Far from home and facing daily challenges, migrant workers get some respite
    Migrant workers and daily wage earners waiting in line, maintaining social distance to collect free ration in Kohima. (Morung Photo)    Morung Express News Kohima | April 21 "We have been eating rice and salt for almost a week," says 30 years old Ram Bharoh, who came to collect the free ration along with eight of his friends at Khuochiezie, Kohima.  The free ration provided by the Nagaland Government at Khuochiezie, Kohima local ground is being distributed
  • Going the extra mile for patients
    Staff of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), Nagaland who have been providing medical services to the people amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | April 20 Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare workers are going the extra mile to ensure that people are getting other emergency healthcare services.  Single mother and staff nurse of Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), Nagaland Branch— S Kaini Rhetso is one
  • Nagaland: Despite lockdown wildlife hunting videos go viral
    A screengrab from one of the videos which showed wild animals killed during an apparent hunting expedition, which according to the person in the video, will go on for one week.     Morung Express News Kohima | April 19  Amidst the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, viral videos of hunters flaunting their preyed animals has drawn the ire and contempt of the people, prompting heated debates in social media platforms. When the world over is endeavoring towards
  • Finding the way back home amidst COVID-19
    Some of the migrants who are sheltered at the relief camp at Khuochiezie, Kohima Local ground. At present, the relief camp in Kohima is providing accommodation to 12 migrant workers. (Morung Photo).   Migrant workers in Kohima recollect attempts to ‘walk home’   Morung Express News Kohima | April 19  It is no laughing matter. However, Muniram couldn’t help it, recollecting a failed attempt he undertook with seven others, to reach their hometown Di
  • Half a doctor for every 1000 people in Nagaland
    H&FW Dept has 28 unoccupied doctors’ posts, 27 on study leave   Imkong Walling Dimapur | April 17 All eyes in Nagaland are currently on the state government and the Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Department. Juxtaposed with the COVID-19 threat, neglected government-run medical infrastructure has become all the more visible to a populace facing an invisible health threat.  From decades old ramshackle hospital structures and deficient medical equipm