DIPHU, April 27 - At a time when the government and municipal authorities have been persistently carrying out mass cleaning drives and sanitisation to tackle COVID-19, huge piles of garbage in front of the District Transportation Officer, DC Colony and Panbari localities have made the lives of residents miserable.
While social organisations and public leaders are insisting for maintaining compulsory hygiene and sanitization, the picture in certain areas of Diphu town only depicts negligence.
Heaps of garbage have piled on the roadside just across the office of the District Transportation Officer. The garbage heaps have remained unattended for a long time and have become a cause for concern. Following frequent rainfall these days, the scene has become increasingly grimy.
People of the town have blamed the Diphu Municipal Board for its negligence and allowing the garbage heaps to grow. �The continuing lockdown has restricted work in maximum departments but sanitation work is totally exempted from the restriction list. Still, the garbage heaps have remained unattended in several locations of the town,� said a resident.
Quarantined labourers seek KAAC assistance: A group of around 45 skilled and unskilled workers, residents of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao autonomous districts, were engaged in various private companies in Nagaland capital Kohima and are now staying at a quarantine centre in Dimapur.
These workers, after imposition of the lockdown, reached Dimapur on foot last month and were rescued by Nagaland Police. They were quarantined at the Dimapur District Sports Complex last month.
One migrant labourer told the media that they have completed almost 25 days of quarantine and now want to return home. These workers have requested Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council�s Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang and the Karbi Anglong district administration to help them return safely to their own areas.
Malaria Day observed: World Malaria Day was observed in the middle of lockdown at an isolated village in Karbi Anglong district on Saturday. A responsiveness conference was organized in the presence of Obed Killing, Karbi Anglong�s District Vector Borne Disease Consultant under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Malaria Inspector Bhokto Bannerjee and Surveillance Inspector Jiten Kro at Kania Enghi village, Manja, around 20 km from Diphu.
The Malaria department carried out DDT spraying, distributed insecticide-treated bed nets, and collected blood samples in slides. Motivational lectures were delivered through All India Radio and loudspeakers in the district to mark the day. It was also observed in all block primary health centres in the district.