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‘Stitched by local women’: Mask distribution campaign undergo at Dimapur

A short programme was held on Thursday at The Garden, Supermarket, Dimapur to emphasise on wearing of masks. The program aimed to launch a mask distribution project under the aegis of A Better Dimapur, an initiative under the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) that targets community participation in government initiatives.

The main USP of the program was the women empowerment and associated love as all the masks were stitched by local designers and mothers.

Masks stitched by local designers and mothers

The reusable masks have been made through resources pooled in by members of the Better Dimapur Team and are to be distributed to members of the community. The masks are tailored by local tailors, thus helping a section of the community find employment during these trying times. The target is to produce at least 5000 masks for distribution. For the first phase, mask packages were handed out to Team Clean volunteers in the frontline, Drivers’ Union, Vegetable Vendors Union, Labourers’ Union, and to the quarantine centres in Dimapur.

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It was launched by Shri. Jacob Zhimomi, Honourable Minister, Public Health Engineering Works, Government of Nagaland. Speaking at the function, the Minister expressed his gratitude to the Better Dimapur Team under the DMC Administrator, Shri. Albert Ezung, for initiating the mask distribution project. This is a time for stakeholders of society to work in consonance with the government. The Minister also donated a fogging machine to support works within the municipality.

Also in attendance at the programme were Shri. Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS, APC, and COVID-19 in charge, Dimapur, Shri. Anoop Kinchi, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Shri. Rothihu Tetseo, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, and Shri. Albert Ezung, Administrator, DMC, who delivered short speeches. Smti. Moamongla Aier, Assistant Professor, Dimapur Government College, chaired the programme.

The Better Dimapur Team comprises the subunits Clean Team, Team Green, Act of Kindness, and LiFE NGO. They are made up of concerned citizens set out to do something for society. They have been involved in cleaning and beautifying public spaces in Dimapur. Recent events have put activities on hold but the thirst to do something for society has grown. Thus, responding to current needs, the mask distribution project has been initiated to aid the community and government in this pressing hour.

The Gideons International Society donated 1000 bibles and a dedicatory prayer was pronounced by Rev. Moses, Chairman, Christian Forum, Dimapur.

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