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Deputy CM donates ambulance to District Hospital Dimapur

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Jun 03, 2021 9:10 pm
Y Patton along with Y Kikheto Sema, Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur Rajesh Soundararajan, and Chief Medical Officer Dimapur Dr. I Moatemjen during the ambulance handover programme on June 3. (EM Images)

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Dimapur, June 3 (EMN):
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton donated an ambulance to District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) following a request made by the district task force (DTF) Dimapur.

The ambulance was dedicated at the premises of the office of Chief Medical Officer Dimapur on Wednesday.

Speaking during the occasion, Patton expressed hope that the ambulance would be utilised during health emergencies by the needy and save many precious lives.

He said that his family decided to donate the best ambulance, which cost more than INR 24 lakh, to Dimapur as the ‘district belongs to every Naga citizen’.

The deputy CM also acknowledged the doctors, nurses and all the frontline workers for their selfless sacrifices to humanity in these trying and difficult times and appealed to everyone to work together.

He said that everyone is affected by this pandemic, therefore ‘united fight is essential’. He appreciated the individuals and organisations who continue to come forward and strengthen their fight ‘as it gives them tremendous hope during this trying time’.

Patton also urged the gathering to take inspiration from one another, support each other in whatever way they could and also follow the protocols and remind themselves that ‘this too shall pass’.

While delivering a short speech during the dedication programme, nodal officer for Covid-19 activities in Dimapur district, Y Kikheto Sema said that ‘even though Dimapur has many requirements, life-saving ambulance was much-needed and today Patton has fulfilled the promise on request made by the DTF Dimapur’.

Sema acknowledged the donation and reminded the gathering that this was not the first time the deputy CM had come forward to help.

‘Even last year, when the first special train from Chennai arrived to Dimapur carrying about 1477 returnees, Patton and his family sponsored special meals for all the returnees along with the frontline workers,’ he said, adding that he was a ‘man of action’.

Sema said that Dimapur has huge requirements as they need to ferry the patients from one hospital to another, and even from rural areas. He informed that National Highways and infrastructure development cooperation limited (NHIDCL) had also donated 24 ambulances to the state and they had been distributed equally to all the districts.

But taking into account the population and positive cases in Dimapur, he requested Patton on behalf of Team Dimapur, to give more preference to the state’s commercial hub as far as allocation is concerned in the future.

Informing that Team Dimapur was strong, he expressed optimism that they would overcome this pandemic with support from the government, civil society, churches and individuals. He added that there was ‘good co-ordination and co-operation’ between district administration and Police department.

During the occasion, Sema also requested the state government to convey appreciation to all the frontline workers especially healthcare workers, private hospital owners and private doctors association.

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Jun 03, 2021 9:10:12 pm