Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, Y Patton along with the Principal Secretary & Commissioner, Nagaland, Home Commissioner, DGP Nagaland, Special Secretary (Home), Secretary Health & Family Welfare, ADG (Admn), ADG (Law & Order) and SP Kohima during the meeting led at the official residence of Deputy Chief Minister on March 24. (DIPR Photo)
Dimapur, March 24 (MExN): A brief meeting to assess on the state preparedness to tackle the containment of COVID-19 was convened by the Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, Y Patton along with the Principal Secretary & Commissioner, Nagaland, Home Commissioner, DGP Nagaland, Special Secretary (Home), Secretary Health & Family Welfare, ADG (Admn), ADG (Law & Order) and SP Kohima on March 24 at the official residence of Deputy Chief Minister.
During the discussion, a DIPR report stated that Y Patton said, “today we are on a threshold of one of the greatest health crisis of our times.
Reiterating his earlier statement, he re-assured that the Health & Family Welfare department along with Home department and other associated departments are working 24/7 keeping in mind the safety of the citizens.
During the meeting, Patton directed the District Administrations particularly those touching the inter-state borders to re-strengthen the sealing of the border areas as notified earlier. Patton fervently appealed to all the civil societies, NGOs, churches and student bodies to come out and support the various safety measures being adopted by the State government in guiding the common people to comply with the government’s advisories towards the fight for containing the dreaded decease as all the initiatives of the government is for the benefit of all.
According to a release by the CMO, Patton also directed DGP to instruct all the units to remain alert and vigil and to extent full cooperation in all possible ways towards initiative for containment of the disease. He emphasized on initiating stern action against those people not complying with the government Advisories pertaining to social distancing and staying indoor except for necessary emergencies. He expressed concern over the random and unnecessary movement of the government employees and students stating that shutting down of offices and educational institutions except for essential services does not mean that they should roam around in public places but to stay in-door to avoid getting infected by the COVID-19 as the best remedial measure is staying at home. In addition to the containment orders restricting public movements except for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential services, medical facilities and other basic needs, further prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC has been issued in Dimapur district considering the need of the hour.
Patton once again appealed to the people of Nagaland not to panic or get swayed by rumors spread on social media from un-authenticated sources but to remain calm and strictly adhere to the advisories issued by the government from time to time.
Meanwhile strict vigil continues on the evolving situation and there is no shortage of essential goods and commodities. Public have been requested to cooperate with the various prohibitory orders issued by the Government and remain in their houses and not come out unless totally unavoidable for availing essential services.
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