Humanity matters now more than ever: Min Nemcha

KANGPOKPI, 14th May: After a daylong inspection of various activities undertaken in Kangpokpi district to accommodate state natives arriving from other parts of the country, Social Welfare and Cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen has exhorted the people to work together in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Nemcha distributed 10 Kg of Rice, 2 Kg of Pulses and Potatoes to more than 290 less fortunate widows and widowers within Kangpokpi Assembly Constituency at LAMPS, Kangpokpi DHQs.
The minister also visited the COVID-19 Emergency Food Kiosk being operated by ADC Sadar Hills with the assistance of Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation and Kangpokpi Youth Union under the supervision of Kangpokpi Town Committee and appreciated the humanitarian initiative.
She then went to the Centralised Arrival Point at Brig M Thomas Ground and assessed arrangements being made for receiving district denizens who would be arriving here soon and sending them to their respective quarantine centres.
Later, the minister inspected Institutional Quarantine Centre at BITES Centre, Leikop with DC Kangpokpi, Chief Medical Officer and SDO concerned. Taking stock of the situation, she expressed her satisfaction and contentment over the well organised and properly set up centre.
Minister Nemcha revisited Brig Thomas Ground to welcome returnees from Guwahati and personally monitored the guidelines to be followed by the returnees and the receiving officials till late in the afternoon.
She was visibly delighted on witnessing KWWO and KYU volunteers serving food to each returnee. She urged the Assam Rifles authority to provide tent for the COVID-19 Emergency food Kiosk volunteers who are serving the returnees.
The minister also provided materials for setting up 20 toilets for more Community Quarantine Centres at Kangpokpi DHQs considering the huge numbers of returnees. While appreciating the collective efforts and struggles of the local civil bodies and all other frontline workers, Nemcha observed that now humanity matter more than ever, especially during this lockdown 3.0 where there are high numbers of stranded people returning to the state and the situation needs to be tackled carefully and seriously.
Stressing on the importance of human behaviors during crisis like COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said that human behaviour contributed hugely in managing the 2001-2002 Ebola outbreaks in Uganda and during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919. The behavioural factors including the cancellation of large gatherings, physical distancing and simple hand washing, helped to slow the spread of COVID-19, she added.
She continued that everyone needs to support one and all the people need to do their best to avoid outbreak and spreading of COVID-19 to others while adding that this is a time to listen, stay at home, maintain social distancing and wash hands often for the sake of own health and others.

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