Nodal officer of Dimapur for Covid activities, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS, urged upon all the citizens to give due respect and honour to the departed souls, irrespective of status.
Addressing a press conference at the DC’s conference hall, Dimapur, on Wednesday, the nodal officer said that a “sealed disinfected coffin” is totally safe for burial/ cremation as per SOP given by medical Department for disposal of Covid 19 dead bodies. Regretting about reports where some village authorities / colonies were restricting entry of “Covid-19 dead bodies” even for performing the last rites, Kikheto Sema said that such misconceptions and mindset should be cleared and appealed to the village authorities not to restrict the dead bodies from entering the respective villages/ colonies.
The nodal officer then informed that presently 296 beds are operational with 40 ICU facility, 192 oxygen beds, 25 non oxygen beds and 10 make shift beds with the cooperation extended by the private hospitals who came forward on the request of the government. He also informed that the facility was expected to increase by 335 by the week.
The nodal officer, “on behalf of the State government”, then thanked the media fraternity and lauded them for rendering their services dubbing them as one of the most important frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19.
Also speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Rajesh Soundararajansaid that restrictions at the entry points were in place. He said that negative RT-PCR report of the travellers are being checked and for those without the report are tested at the entry points.