A sanitation worker is seen spraying disinfectant in Kohima on Wednesday Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: As a preventive measure to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) on Wednesday began the process of spraying disinfectants across the state capital. It is informed that over 30 litres of disinfectants were sprayed across the town.

Speaking with EastMojo over telephone, Kovi Meyase, KMC admistrator, informed that 30 sanitary workers swung into action at 10 am on Wednesday to spray disinfectants across strategic locations in Kohima, targeting all public spaces such as traffic point, pathway railings, bus stands, foot over-bridges, and so on.

An initiative of the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC), the spraying of disinfectants began on Wednesday

An initiative of the municipal council, Meyase said that on receiving 20 spraying machines from the State’s agriculture department on Tuesday, the workers were deployed on Wednesday. He maintained that sanitation workers were deployed after ensuring that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including helmets, goggles, masks, hand gloves, gumboots and hand sanitizers, were provided to the workers. Ensuring all preventive measures for its workers, Meyase said that workers above the age of 60 years were not allowed to carry out the process of cleaning the city.

When queried about the impact of spraying disinfectant, Meyase said: “I had a preliminary discussion with medical professionals ahead of initiating it in the town. These professionals recommended the use of phenol disinfectant, which works effectively against viruses.”

He added that following the guidance from medical professionals, the spraying of disinfectants across the town was initiated.

Sanitation workers pose amid the drive on Wednesday

When asked if the spraying of disinfectants will be initiated during the lockdown, Meyase said that the process will be carried out on alternative days, keeping in mind the availability of resources and safety equipment. Expressing concern about sustaining on the available disinfectants, he raised concern about the shortage of disinfectants and other safety equipment in the market.

He said, “Though we are duty bound, I would not like to send out the sanitary workers without providing them with protective equipment. Although these workers are not considered as the front runners of fighting the virus, they should be given due attention.” He added that unavailability of PPEs is a huge concern for all municipalities.

While disinfecting public spaces and properties is a necessity during health crisis, Meyase noted that fund crunch, unavailability of resources and logistical problems continue to challenge the municipal council and its workers towards ensuring public safety.

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