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NPCC berates government’s failure

By EMN Updated: Apr 14, 2020 11:14 pm

Dimapur, April 14 (EMN): Close on the heel of detecting a person from Nagaland testing Covid-19 positive, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) attacked the state government, stating that the state still does not have the facility to admit even one patient and had to be sent to Guwahati, thus exposing “complete inability of the government”.

NPCC’s statement through its president K Therie also accused the state government of supplying sub-standard protective equipment to the medical team. It stated that supplying sub-standard ‘protective’ equipment in this situation is a crime against humanity.

It expressed surprise that Nagaland could not convert the existing rooms and bed to receive even one Covid-19 patient despite vacating the District Hospital, Dimapur to be converted into a 100-bedded Covid-19 hospital recently. It also expressed shock that the chief minister and health minister, despite knowing well, had accepted sub-standard qualities of PPE. They are also fully aware of the unprepared hospital beds, NPCC claimed.

It has accused the government of lacking the will power to set up testing laboratories despite knowing the need from the beginning. It stated that the people should be updated on the progress made after directives from GOI to urgently build testing laboratories. Funds should be used properly with no commissions and illegal taxes, NPCC stated.

In the light of the above stated circumstances, NPCC has demanded to immediately provide best personal protective equipment (PPEs) for everyone’s safety. It also demanded that testing laboratories be immediately set up on a war footing.

The party said 24 hours wait for test reports is too long as the disease could be spread in geometric proportions within the same span of time. Further, it demanded that the salaries of public sector healthcare teams facing Covid-19 should be doubled for risking their lives and also to announce financial assistance packages for the private sector healthcare setups to enable them to continue medical services to the citizens.

By EMN Updated: Apr 14, 2020 11:14:30 pm