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‘Building trust, recognising humanity key in Covid-19 battle’

By Our Correspondent Updated: May 22, 2020 12:32 am

Our Correspondent
Kohima, May 21 (EMN):
Building trust and improving human relationships, especially among the frontline workers, are as crucial as resources and competency in the fight against the Covid-19 contagion, according to Padma Shree Neidonuo Angami.

The social activist, who was the woman behind the formation of Naga Mothers’ Association, said: “The present situation we are in is a calling for all to fight against the coronavirus. We have a connection, human resource, competency, capacity but the only requirement we need is to improve our human relationship, co-ordination and trust among ourselves.”

She was speaking at a function to mark the unveiling of a BSL-3 laboratory at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima on Thursday.

Angami appealed to the various government agencies to be more understanding towards each other, appreciate and trust each other. ‘This is an issue that only one group of people cannot solve. It calls for all of us to face the challenge together,’ she reminded.

On the occasion, a sample collection booth, made and donated by Nagaland institute of Sciences and Technology (NSIT), stated to be a non-profit organisation comprising mostly retired scientists and social workers, was unveiled by the minister for Health and Family Welfare S Pangnyu Phom.

Angami, a member of NSIT, said: “The design of this sample booth is a sign of the potential of our young talents and we look forward to making our state self reliant.”

According to her, the sample collection booth is a means to provide safety barrier to the medical personnel taking swabs from patients ‘so that they can work comfortably without the full personal protective equipment’.

The booth is portable and can be carried to quarantine units.

Referring to the new virology lab, she said: “With this new development, we can do much better.”

By Our Correspondent Updated: May 22, 2020 12:32:04 am