CMO clarifies over home quarantine rules

KAIMUANTHANG MANGTE
CCPUR, 19th May: Churachandpur district hospital CMO Dr VC Pau has clarified that a person who returned from outside will be allowed to go for home quarantine if tested negative of COVID-19 as per the existing rule.
The said person has to strictly comply with social distancing norms, remain at least one apart from others and disallowed to go out of home for 14 days, CMO Dr VC Pau clarified after misunderstanding cropped up over existing rules of community quarantine centre.
Addressing media persons at a press conference Tuesday, Dr VC Pau said district administration or CMO may initiate enquiry against any person under home quarantine if he/she happens to break rules and the person may be taken back to quarantine centre, be it institutional or community quarantine centre. And if the community prefers, any person who returned from outside could be sent to quarantine centre for 14 days even if the person tested negative.
Dr Sania who looks after institutional quarantine centre stated that there are two institutional quaratine centres in Churachandpur, one at Bijang Circuit House and the other at Youth Hostel. Altogether 40 returnees including 12 females are currently lodged at Bijang Circuit house and 11 at Youth Hostel, which includes seven females, she said adding that some of them tested negative when results came Monday.
She also said that blood samples of 25 returnees were collected on Monday and they include 19 from Circuit House and six from Youth hostel. One female from Youth Hostel who was found to be too close with first COVID-19 positive patient of Churachandpur has been isolated from others.
IDSP officer Dr Ngahneikim, who was also present at the press conference, stated that around 1400 natives of Churachandpur have returned so far and the district has 70 quarantine centres though some are yet to function properly. There are 955 clients at community quarantine centres while 107 are in home quarantine, Ngahneikim said adding nine returnees are currently kept at 10-bedded isolation ward of Churachandpur district hospital as of Tuesday.


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