Dimapur honours frontline workers
Dimapur, July 12 (EMN): Acknowledging the frontline workers for their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic which has entered the fourth month, Nagaland NGOs Forum (NNF), in collaboration with the Vivekananda Welfare Foundation (VWF), organised a felicitation programme called “Brave Front Accolade” at DBIDL Hall, Bon Bosco campus, Dimapur, on July 12.
On the occasion, NNF and VWF officials felicitated all the frontline workers including government officials, civil society organisation (CSO), NGOs and
Speech of the guest of honour and PHED minister Jacob Zhimomi was read by the chairperson in his absentia where he expressed regret for his inability to attend the programme due to unavoidable circumstances.
Zhimomi thanked all the healthcare workers, doctors and nurses, emergency responders, pharmacists, lab technicians, allied health professionals, administrative staff, home health aide, police personnel and everyone for their selfless contribution in treating the sick and in fighting against the invisible killer virus.
Special guest and additional deputy commissioner (ADC), Dimapur, Lovitoli Sema described the programme as a source of inspiration and motivation for all the frontline workers as it has been almost four months of working tirelessly in the fight against the pandemic. She also acknowledged all the departments that are evolved in fighting against the pandemic and especially those CSO and NGO for extending their co-operation and support to the government.
Stating that the foremost duty during the entire lockdown period was to maintain law and order, she said the administration could maintain peaceful environment in Dimapur till date besides making essential commodities available to the public.
Faced with new situation and new problems everyday, she the administration was able to tackle the situation with new ideas and new solutions. She has attributed the success to the co-operation and support of everyone.
While reminding that the fight is not yet over as the virus is still here, she further requested everyone to continue extending their support so that together they could give the best fight to the virus.
Also speaking on the occasion, the chief medical officer (CMO), Dimapur, Dr. Tiasunep Pongener has thanked all the civil society organisation for their contribution towards the fight against Covid-19. Pongener added that the CMO team comprising 415 persons had undergone sleepless night for the last four months. He said the quick response teams manning the quarantine centres are working round the clock.
He has further sought continued support from the public as the war is not over.
Administrator of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), Albert Ezung, noted that the pandemic has brought about a difficult time but also felt that it has brought out the best in many people with generous contribution from many individuals, government departments, civil societies, NGOs and community at large.
Ezung also stated that it has been a real test of character and ability for the frontline workers in discharging their responsibilities adding the pandemic has brought people together in serving the community. He further urged the gathering to continue with the mutual support and co-operation that was built in the past few months even beyond the pandemic and in the days to come.
The additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), Dimapur, Tokavi Achumi urged the NGOs, CSO and organisation to continue to be a responsible citizens and work for the betterment of the community. Stating that the guidelines are not for the benefit for an individual but for the benefit of everyone, he urged the gathering to spread the information to other people.
“There is no easy way to fight this virus but to fight in a better way and that is by helping each other,” he added.
NNF president, Dr. Y Hesheto Chishi, in his welcome address, stated that eradicating Covid-19 should be everybody’s concern. He also thanked the frontline workers for their fight against the pandemic irrespective of age, caste and creed.
On the occasion, Arijit Sharma’s Covid-19 tribute song was also officially launched by ADC Dimapur, Y Lovitoly Sema. The song was penned by Arijit’s mother and put into music by Arijit Sharma to pay tribute to the frontline workers across the world. Arijit Sharma’s enthralled the gathering with his song, while NK Naga also enlivened the gathering with an old Hindi song befitting the occasion.