CM Neiphiu Rio launches Tika Utsav as Nagaland reports 11 fresh COVID cases

Rio blamed the low number of vaccination in the state because of rumours on social media, saying people were misguided and so they were not coming forward.

Nagaland reported 11 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. According to the Health department, among the fresh cases of the disease, 7 are from Dimapur, 2 are from Kohima and one each from Wokha and Phek districts.

With this latest update, Nagaland has now 174 active cases of COVID-19. The total tally of the disease is updated as 12,427 cases and 11,995 recovered cases.

Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio graced the Tika Utsav (vaccination festival) and launching of the new vaccination centre programme as special guest at District Hospital, Dimapur Chapel Hall, on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister congratulated all the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and the community for coming together in the fight against COVID-19. He said that the state has so far been able to effectively control the disease due cooperation among all, starting from government level to the village level. With the second wave of COVID-19 looming over the country, Rio urged everyone to be alert and continue to follow all necessary precautions. 

On vaccination, Rio said that the state’s average on vaccination is very low compared to other states which is believed to have been caused by rumours on social media. He also said that people were misguided and so they were not coming forward. He therefore called the healthcare workers and village authorities to create awareness among the masses to go for vaccination and also to come forward and get help if tested positive for COVID-19.

District Immunization Officer, Dr. Rebecca Y Sema, in her brief report on COVID-19 vaccination highlighted that there are altogether 52 vaccination centres in the district.

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