Nagaland Emergency Centre Delhi ‘reactivated’

Morung Express News
Dimapur | May 5

To assist Nagas in tackling the challenges of the second wave of COVID-19 in National Capital Territory of Delhi, the Nagaland Emergency Centre Delhi (NECD) at Nagaland House New Delhi has been ‘reactivated’.

An official associated with the Centre informed The Morung Express late on Wednesday evening that the centre has been activated after a zoom meeting of all stakeholders – elders, tribal units, students unions and others, held on May 5. This was the NECD’s first meeting this year. 

The meeting was fruitful, the official said, held in the backdrop of surging second wave of COVID-19 in the national capital and its resultant impact. 

Among others, the meeting resolved to work hand-in-hand with the Special Police Unit for North-Eastern Region (SPUNER) in terms of coordinating and reaching out to those needing assistance, the official said.

The Government of Nagaland has also decided to procure bulk oximeter, bulk oxygen concentrator and cylinder, and medicines, keeping in mind that many are unable to access such items, it was informed. 

In addition, the official said that the House has tied up with ambulance service providers solely to cater to Naga patients which will attend to any emergency calls. 

“We have also decided to approach Nagaland Government’s empanelled hospital in Delhi to either reserve or give priority to Naga patients,” he said. 

The meeting also decided to have a constant update on Nagas having COVID-19 infection, with each tribal unit and others updating on Google sheet.

One crucial matter discussed was also to provide tele-consultation to those infected and others by medical professionals working in Delhi.

The official further added that in case of unfortunate death, there will be tie-up with Christian burial places to give a decent burial for mortal remains which cannot be taken back to Nagaland.  For COVID patients, the burial place is located at Mangalpuri, while for others, it is at Burari. 

When contacted, Deputy Resident Commission, Nagaland House Delhi Wennyie Konyak confirmed that the meeting was held and various modalities were also discussed.

While the there is no plan as of now to convert the guest house into a temporary COVID Care Centre, he said that plans are also afoot to tie-up with NGOs running such centres for caring of Naga patients. 

Another meeting is scheduled on May 8 to take stock of the situation, he added.


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