DIMAPUR, March 8 - The Nagaland government has directed government offices and schools to provide hand sanitisers in view of the spread of coronavirus.
In a circular, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy asked all government offices and schools, including private educational institutions, to provide hand sanitisers in all biometric device stations for hand sanitisation before and after use of the devices, with immediate effect.
On Friday, the Chief Secretary held a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners and Commissioner of Nagaland at his office in Kohima to ensure that the state is prepared to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
He emphasised on the importance of precautionary measures through preventive action and the preparedness of the state in the event of detection of COVID-19.
Toy also directed the departments to ensure availability of personal protective equipment like N-95 masks and thermal scanners.
The school education department asked all schools to sensitise students and teachers on precaution and preparedness. Schools and colleges have been asked to display information and communication material in their institutions on the do�s and don�ts.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Toy said people in Nagaland lack basic civic sense, especially in the remote areas.
He made the comment while inspecting the newly installed hydraulic bailing press machine and material recovery facility unit at Chumukedima on Saturday.
�There is an urgent need for the people to learn civic sense,� he said, adding that it is not just the job of the government to achieve a green and clean Nagaland.
Noting that solid waste management has not been given much attention in the state, Toy said treatment of sewage has become a big issue today. �Time has come to be more responsible, for which the urban and municipal departments will initiate a number of actions,� he said.
Toy lauded the Chumukedima Town Council for taking the leadership in waste management and asked it to continue its efforts.
Toy also assured of addressing the problems faced by sanitation workers. He appreciated the role of the sanitation workers for working with dedication despite health hazards and assured the people that the authorities will look into their welfare in the form of insurance, health and housing.
Principal Secretary (urban development and municipal affairs) Himati Zhimomi, who accompanied Toy, called for recycling of biomedical waste on an urgent basis. �Recycling of biomedical waste must be accorded top priority,� he asserted. �No matter what we do, unless civic sense comes in and people participate in this venture, we will not achieve green and clean Nagaland,� he added.