Minister Tongpang Ozukum (extreme right) inspecting the Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo jubilee memorial centre in Kohima on Thursday.

The Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo (church) gave out its jubilee memorial centre located at Lerie colony in Kohima to be utilised as quarantine facility for the health care workers of Nagaland Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) during this pandemic situation.

Nagaland minister for PWD (housing and mechanical) and the Kohima District Task Force in-charge Tongpang Ozukum, along with other legislators and officials, visited the centre today to inspect its infrastructure.

Ozukum observed that the centre’s building infrastructure is well planned and designed to serve many purposes, particularly in such situations. He said the willingness and charitable offer of the facility to the Kohima District Task Force (DTF) by the church shows its concern for the people and commitment to fight the pandemic.

He recalled that even last year also, the church came forward and allowed the centre to utilise as a quarantine facility for almost five months, which came as a big relief to the DTF as well as the government in times of need.

Adviser and member of Kohima DTF Medo Yhokha thanked the church for coming forward with their ‘charitable initiatives towards humanity’.

He expressed concern over certain individuals who are constantly critical and finding faults with the efficacies of the state government and frontline institutes in handling the current pandemic.

Yhokha said this is an extra ordinary situation and that the fight to overcome the pandemic should be everybody’s responsibility.

“Until and unless every citizen comes together, shouldering a common responsibility, no government or authority will be able to effectively control this pandemic as the behaviour of the people will decide the course of these trying times,” he said.

Adviser and Kohima DTF member Nicky Kire appreciated the foresight of the church for coming up with the concept of constructing a building that would cater to one and all in times of need.

He also requested the residents of Lerie colony not to oppose the initiative of the DTF in converting the centre into a quarantine facility for the frontline and health workers.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com