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Slur on quarantine centres

Allegations of negligence mount for allowing a returnee from a red zone in Patna to visit his home

By Maksam Tayeng in Pasighat
  • Published 23.05.20, 4:32 AM
  • Updated 23.05.20, 6:00 AM
  • a min read
People who arrive from various states await screening at Sarusajai sports complex to spend the mandatory 14 days of quarantine in Guwahati on Friday. (PTI)

The quarantine centres at Mebo here in East Siang district, one for men Government Higher Secondary School, Mebo and women in Don Bosco School are sheltering returnees from various parts of the country based on their zone of returns.

The quarantine centre was being trolled in social media with allegations of negligence from the part of administration of Mebo for allowing one Krishna Shah, a returnee from a red zone in Patna, to visit his home at Mebo Romdum before entering quarantine centres.

One student from Ayeng village who had returned from Delhi had alleged negligence in providing good food and another from Sigar village who have been to neighbouring Jonai, Assam, also alleged low quality food.

The in-charge of the quarantine centre at Don Bosco School, Omi Tayeng, said the management is taking all precautionary measures in ensuring proper care of the students and others returnee from Covid-19 infected states.

Obang Tayeng, facility in-charge of the quarantine centre at GHSS Mebo, said there were no lapses on the part of the Mebo quarantine centres and Shah was directly taken into the quarantine centre on returning from Ruksin checkgate. However, Tayeng has suggested arrangement of toilets and bathrooms as more students or returnees are expected.

Additional deputy commissioner, Mebo, Hage Lailang, has denied all the allegations.

“Anyone can come and check the records, Shah came from Patna at Dibrugarh railway station on May 15 morning and after due clearance from railways he reached Ruksin checkgate. He was directly taken into the centre. There has no question of letting him enter his home first,” said Lailang.

Lailang has also clarified that he has strictly directed his management for the best quality food available. He also said every effort is being made to check possible spread of coronavirus here and mandatory checking and testing are being done in the quarantine centres.

Lailang said there were 35 people quarantined till Thursday, of which 21 have been released for home quarantine after their tests came negative, eight persons’ results are awaited and the rest are yet to be tested.