DIMAPUR, May 15 - The Christian Forum Dimapur (CFD) has initiated a COVID-19 campaign � Protect Yourself to Prevent Others � by launching car stickers and face masks, to be distributed among frontline workers and needy people, at the Bishop�s House here today.
Agricultural Production Commissioner Y Kikheto Sema, who is the Dimapur district in-charge for COVID-19 related activities, launched the stickers and masks. Dimapur DC Anoop Kinchi, Commissioner of Police Rothihu Tetseo and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tiasunep Pongener were also present on the occasion.
CFD chairman Moses Murry, in his welcome address, said that the forum would distribute 50,000 face masks to frontline workers and needy people, besides creating awareness on novel coronavirus.
�Our fight is against an unseen virus and we have to fight with our faith in God along with the available human resources,� he said.
Expressing concern over the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in neighbouring Assam, Murry appealed to the authorities concerned to conduct proper and stringent checking in the State borders.
The diocese of the Kohima Catholic Church Bishop, James Thoppil, donated 25,000 face masks in the function.
Agricultural Production Commissioner Sema appealed to the church leaders to help the Government use the church infrastructure, especially church rest houses, to accommodate people returning to Nagaland from various States.
Sema lauded the associations of private schools and colleges of Dimapur for helping the Government by opening their hostels for accommodation purposes. He also praised the non-Nagas of Dimapur, including the Marwari Samaj, for helping their people in meeting accommodation, food and other needs.
Dimapur DC Kinchi said that though a large number of people would be arriving in Dimapur, everything would be fine if the people were disciplined. He advised the people not to panic.
Appreciating the Commissioner of Police for successfully implementing the odd-even system in traffic regulation, the DC said that the traffic in Dimapur has been controlled to a large extent.
Commissioner of Police Tetseo stressed the role of religious institutions in educating the people and offering a healing touch at this critical juncture. He said many stranded people would be arriving without proper food � depressed and worn out. Spiritual healing through the church would ease their emotional stress to some extent, he pointed out.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Pongener said that the only defence against coronavirus is to follow three rules � wear masks, keep hand hygiene and maintain social distancing.