Community engagement helps fight COVID-19 in Dimapur

Executive secretary, WSBAK, Rev Dr Pughoto Aye, led a prayer fellowship at COVID-19 quarantine centre, LFI, on May 25.
Executive secretary, WSBAK, Rev Dr Pughoto Aye, led a prayer fellowship at COVID-19 quarantine centre, LFI, on May 25.

WSH and WSBAK set up a quarantine centre to take care of 200 returnees

Morung Express News 
Dimapur | May 28

The COVID-19 quarantine centre at Livingstone Foundation International (LFI), Thahekhu/Kevijaü Colony, Dimapur seems to be taking well care of the returnees, thanks to community participation which has lightened the burden of the district administration.  

Earlier, on May 20, responding to the appeal made by the Empowered Committee Dimapur, the Western Sümi Hoho (WSH) and Western Sümi Baptist Akukuhou Küqhakulu (WSBAK) came forward to set up a quarantine centre at LFI to take care of 200 returnees coming from outside Nagaland.

Wasting no time, both WSH and WSBAK garnered resources, procured materials and daily items needed by the returnees and on May 25, welcomed the latter to their temporary homes.  

According to the Media Team LFI Q Centre, as on May 27, there were 155 females from three districts (Dimapur, Mon and Peren) at the quarantine centre. “The Centre has the capacity to host 200 at a time and it is open to any citizen of Nagaland,” the media team stated.

Facilities and items provided at the centre for each quarantined individual include bed, bedspread, pillow and cover, bucket, personal dustbin, mug, tea cup, sachets of milk, tea, sugar and coffee, tooth brush and paste, New Testament Bible by Gideon International, Game of Life book (Sümi Version) by Biblica/WSBAK, six packets of chips and wafers, bathing and washing soaps, shampoo, hand sanitizer, face mask and surprise gift pack from LFI.

Each room is provided and installed with extension cord, electric boiler, mosquito repellant, broom, mop, dust plate, packaged drinking water, jar for drinking water refill, common dustbin, electric water dispenser, free WiFi and first aid. The centre also boasts of 24/7 power back and security.

Besides breakfast, Sumi dishes are provided daily for lunch and dinner.

When contacted, Executive Secretary, WSBAK, Rev Dr Pughoto Aye, told The Morung Express that the centre is being run through generous contributions from members of WSH and WSBAK and well wishers.   

On management of the centre and logistics, Rev Pughoto WSH and WSBAK have engaged two non-local sweepers and enlisted eight volunteers to look into the security aspect. 


Those inside the centre must feel safe and and besides, the volunteers have to ensure that no one escape during the quarantine period for everyone’s wellbeing, he maintained.

The WSAK Executive Secretary said for meals, the village and colony units of Sumi Totimi Hoho Dimapur take turn to cook and package food for the temporary residents.

Pughoto said that by God’s grace, so far no COVID-19 positive case has been reported from the centre. “Round-the-clock counseling is made available and every evening we conduct praise and worship service and share the Word of God," he said.

Rev Pughoto further said that as of date, there was no complaint from any of the inmates with regard to facilities and daily needs provided at the centre. He however shared the feelings of the returnees that the authorities concerned should conduct swab test of every individual at the earliest.