Governor interacts with college principals, NSS volunteers

ITANAGAR, 20 Apr: Governor BD Mishra urged college principals and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers to be “force multipliers and reach out to as many people as possible in creating awareness about Covid-19 pandemic protocols, the SOPs, precautions and vaccination.”

During an interaction with college principals and NSS volunteers of the state through virtual media from the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday, the governor exhorted the principals, programme officers, college students and NSS volunteers to “assist those who can’t go themselves for vaccination, such as non-literate and old people, involve in helping people in getting Corona treatment, who do not have resources or knowledge to get it, ensure use of mask to save themselves and others and lead the society and the people in creating ‘micro containment zones’, in case of even a single positive case.”

He said that creating ‘micro containment zones’ would be a vital component of the fight against the coronavirus.

The governor exhorted the volunteers to assist the health department and the district administration in their respective districts in implementing the five-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination.

“Leading members of the society, NGOs and NSS have to motivate every member of the society to get vaccinated,” he said.

Mishra also emphasized on “individual action by the people, such as distribution of facemasks, counselling of the affected persons and their families, and ensuring that others also adhere to Covid SOPs.”

Higher & Technical Education Director Dr Tayek Talom and NSS State Liaison Officer Dr AK Mishra, along with principals and NSS programme officers and volunteers attended the videoconference.

The participants assured the governor that they would create awareness about the pandemic, make and distribute masks, be ready for any emergency, motivate others to get vaccination and cooperate with the health department, the district administration and the police.

Covid helpline numbers for districts, vaccination of NSS volunteers on priority, and starting online classes also came up during the video interaction. (Raj Bhavan)