Public during a protest in Peren on Tuesday

Kohima: Nearly a hundred people took to the streets in Peren district to protest the “irresponsible attitude” of the state government in releasing a COVID-19 positive patient from Dimapur to Peren along with 16 other inbound passengers. In addition to its earlier demands, protesters also demanded a BSL-2 lab in the district.

Organized by the Zeliangrong Students Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) and the Kuki Students Organization (KSO) on Tuesday, the public rally was held at Peren Town. The protest was peaceful. After the rally an ultimatum addressed to the Chief Minister was submitted to the additional deputy commissioner.

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Protesters in Peren

On June 10, ZSUN had served a seven-day ultimatum to the state government with a four-point demand. In the letter, a copy of which is in possession with EastMojo, the ZSUN through its President Dituibo Newmai and general secretary Adona Herie expressed resentment over the “discourteous attitude of the state government over the plight of the public”.

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Placards during the protest

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“The genuine appeal of the district cannot be ignored or compromised at the level of discourse without any assurance and promises” a section of the letter said. Along with the civil society organizations, it reaffirmed the ultimatum submitted to the chief minister, who is also the chairman of the High Powered Committee.

It slammed the “irresponsible attitude” of the state government in handing over returnees of Peren district on June 3 by violating the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the state government. It also said that the district does not have enough space to accommodate and facilitate the returnees.

Protesters in Peren

Four point demand:

The organisations want the state government to set up a bio-safety laboratory level-2 (BSL-2) in the district hospital.

They want the government to initiate prompt action against the erring officials. Establish 100 bedded COVID hospital in the district with modern facilities at the earliest. Immediately provide adequate tools and machineries to set up makeshift ICU and BSL-2 in the district hospital, and post sufficient staff to man the hospital.

ZSUN says they will take action if the government fails to meet the demands of the “people of Peren”.

A public protest was held in Peren

As EastMojo reported earlier, Nagaland health secretary Kesonyu Yhome had said that “doctors cannot be penalized under any circumstances, especially in this case”. In defense of health care workers, he said “If any action is to be taken, as the secretary, I will take the responsibility”.

In an “error of judgement”, a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was sent to Peren district along with 16 inbound passengers who were already tested negative. The result of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 was declared only after the person had reached Peren.

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Till Monday, 73 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported from Peren covid care centre (CCC) Jalukie, out of which two persons were recovered. However, out of the 50 fresh cases that were reported on Tuesday, 12 more persons were tested positive for COVID-19 from Peren quarantine centre.

The total number of positive cases stands at 330 out of which 189 are active cases and 141 are recovered cases.

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