Kohima, April 15
Where will Covid-19 patients of Nagaland go if tested positive, leave alone the first State’s Covid case; Will hospitals in other states admit later too if any such patients are referred to? The way present state government under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio is handling the situation, embarrassingly reflects its ineptness, lack of knowledge, lethargy and wavering political leadership even though it received cooperation from various quarters and huge funds from Delhi to fight against Covid menace.
A press release issued by the NPF alleged that despite claims by the PDA government of its preparedness to fight the Covid-19, frontliners are at risk due to inferior quality of protective materials. The release further states that the Covid doctors have resolved not to attend patients without quality PPE kits. H&FW has also not identified lodging place for doctors and staffs. This shows a real mess and incompetency of the government and demands that the health minister must step down on moral ground. The directive for renovation of hospital purportedly given by Chief Minister during his visit was just in verbal and there has been no seriousness on his part.
The release also demands that if Neiphiu Rio feels not capable enough to tackle the situation, his government must immediately pave way for alternate arrangement of government instead of clinging on to his seats but failing in their jobs. It further mentioned that Nagaland received from the Centre its first installment of Rs 20.50 crore under the State Disaster Response and Mitigation Fund (SDRMF) for the year 2020-21. The State government had said it would use 25 percent of the total amount for Covid-19 crisis. On April 3, the Ministry of Finance has also released Rs 32641.66 lakhs as grants-in-aid. The release further added that the government must also set up a control room to monitor supply of essential commodities. Alleging that that government is apparently outsourcing responsibilities and duties to non-state actors, the press release urge the government to make certain arrangement to let stranded students and travelers reach their villages.