NTC asks govt to provide health workers and police with adequate safety gear
Police on duty at Mustimuk Junction, Dimapur on March 25. (Morung Photo)
DIMAPUR, MARCH 25 (MExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) today called upon the Nagaland Government to ensure that health workers in hospitals, quarantine centres, airports, railway station, check points etc along with the police personnel are provided with proper safety equipment.
A press release from the NTC President, TonihoYepthomi and General Secretary, NribemoNgullie said that “the need of the hour is to provide face masks of good quality which prevents infection, face shields or goggles, clean, non-sterile, disposable long-sleeved gowns/plastic aprons and roll up sleeves.”
Pair of gloves and thermal scanner is the requirement for the safety and security of the medical workers, it added.
“If need be, the unemployed doctors, trained nurses or retired medical personnel must be requisitioned for duty in order to thwart away the impending COVID-19. Strict paper order will do little to save the lives of both the public and the health workers,” the NTC said.
It pointed out that the ground reality will speak the actual preparedness and urged the government to be “prepared on war footing measures to contain the Coronavirus.”
The NTC also suggested the creation of a public registry of ICU beds not only in government hospitals but private hospitals as well to know how many critical patients can be treated effectively. Provision of additional beds based on prediction of WHO and ICMR must be made urgently, it added, while calling for expansion of screening facilities in the state.
It further demanded testing kits and preparedness instruction to all districts and the sub-divisions in Nagaland to enhance screening and testing capacity to all suspected patients as immediately as possible.
The council asked the government to publicise the distribution of safety materials provided to all the health centres in print media for satisfaction of the public.