Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom said “COVID19 will remain the new normal” which must be understood by the people.

“We must all understand that the COVID19 will remain the new normal. All the citizens must act responsibly as we continue to battle the pandemic,” said Phom.

Nagaland health minister Phom has urged the people of the state to extend cooperation and support towards the government during the second lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID19.

“As we entered the second lockdown to contain the spread of second wave of COVID19 in the State, I on behalf of the Government of Nagaland and the Department of Health & Family Welfare appeal to all our citizens for your kind cooperation and support,” health minister Phom said in an appeal.

Stating that he understands the inconvenience that the citizens would undergo during the course of lockdown, Phom said “it is pertinent to mention that the decision was taken after considering the health safety of our people”.

“Now, it is the responsibility of all the concerned citizens to help the government, the department of health & family welfare and frontline workers to cooperate in this battle against the pandemic,” Phom said.

He said the first wave of COVID19 was effectively managed through collective effort.

Phom lauded the contributions and active participation of the health workers, frontline workers, civil societies, churches, media, NGOs and all individuals involved along with the government in the fight against COVID19.

“The optimistic approach of our people during such crisis is truly inspiration and motivation to all of us. Dear citizens, the COVID19 are not over yet,” he added.

Phom has urged the people to observe COVID-appropriate behaviours and take COVID19 vaccination to protect oneself as well as “our loved ones, family, co-workers and community”.

He urged the people, who are showing Influenza-Like Illnesses to come forward for testing and also to cooperate the surveillance teams in contact tracing.

“Our front line workers are sacrificing everything and putting their own lives and their families at risk for the sake of saving lives of others and they need our utmost cooperation and support,” Phom said.

“I would humbly appeal all the citizens to kindly cooperate with our COVID19 warriors in all possible ways. Let us all continue to pray and seek God’s divine intervention and heal our land sooner than later,” he added.

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