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Neiphiu Rio inaugurates first BSL-3 in Kohima

Facility will be deployed in fight against coronavirus

By Bhadra Gogoi in Dimapur
  • Published 22.05.20, 4:12 AM
  • Updated 22.05.20, 4:12 AM
  • a min read
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio at the new BSL-3 at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima, on Thursday. Picture by Bhadra Gogoi

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday inaugurated the first BSL-3 (bio safety level laboratory) at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima, for research and diagnostic work on Covid-19 virus and other microbes.

In his inaugural speech, Rio said it is another milestone in the state’s journey towards health care and particularly to fight the novel coronavirus.

He thanked the state medical department and the support from various ministries, agencies, scientists and doctors who made this possible.

He said the stranded people who are coming back to Nagaland from different states should abide by the directives given by the government on quarantine.

The only way to control and contain the spread of the virus is by running tests on quarantined people since there is no cure yet for it, he said.

“The common platform for each and everyone of us is to fight this virus,” Rio said.

He urged the public not to socially stigmatise the returnees and continue their support and cooperation to the government in the fight against the spread of the virus.

Social activist Neidonuo Angami, who was present at the inaugural programme, the facility has been set up immediately for the purpose of Covid-19 testing only.

Angami added that this specialised BSL laboratory has the facility to quickly respond to other unidentified new infections whenever they emerge.

Nagaland health and family welfare minister S. Pangnyu Phom said the making of the state’s first state-of-the-art BSL-3 faced a lot of challenges during the its construction due to the prevailing lockdown.

Dimapur traffic: In view of the scheduled arrival of Shramik train in Dimapur carrying stranded people from Chennai around 1pm on Friday, all traffic will be prohibited within Dimapur town from one hour before arrival of the train.

The vehicular traffic restriction will also apply to the exempted categories.