Make returnees feel ‘at home’ in quarantine centres: Nemcha

KANGPOKPI, 29th May: Exhorting the district level officers, SDOs and all frontline workers of Kangpokpi district, social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen said that to make everyone (returnees) happy is a very big challenge and it is something next to impossible but all need to give the best to make them feel at home in their respective quarantine centres.
Following the influx of thousands of stranded people of Kangpokpi from various parts of India and keeping them under surveillance as per protocol in various institutional quarantine centres, social welfare and cooperation minister convened a review meeting at Conference Hall, DC Office Kangpokpi on Friday.
The review meeting chaired by minister Nemcha Kipgen was convened to take stock of the situation in all the Institutional Quarantine Centres and chalk out plans and strategies to make the returnees feel at home in their respective quarantine centres.
The review meeting was attended by ADC Sadar Hills chairman Haokholal Hangshing, Kangpokpi DM/DC Somorjit Salam, SP Hemant Pandey, ADM/Addl DC Lalramsang Fimate, chief medical officer Dr Nilakanta Singh, AC to DC Kangpokpi, all SDOs, PHED and MSPDCL representatives and leaders of local civil bodies.
As per report of the District Surveillance Officer, IDSP Kangpokpi, around 13 Institutional Quarantine Centres have been established as of May 28 with 63 Community Quarantine Centres in the district accommodating over 1,100 returnees.
“Instead of appreciating the frontline workers and concerned authorities, I have heard lots of complaint from the returnees despite all our efforts but we must consider it as a human nature and rather concentrate more on our sincerity and timely intervention to address their grievances,” minister said at the meeting.
The minister encouraged all authorities concerned looking after the District Institutional Quarantine Centres to provide proper food and diet to the inmates of the quarantine centres and appealed to the district police to monitor and maintain law and order in the best way.
She also urged the district administration to set up special control room with 24x7 services only for the Institutional Quarantine Centres and address their grievance within half an hour, while she also instructed them to disinfect the quarantine centres on daily basis.
Minister Nemcha Kipgen further asked all the SDOs assigned as Magistrate officials at the District Screening Centre and those who have responsibility looking after the quarantine centres to be more active and sincere in their service as the district is facing bigger challenges with more and more arrival of stranded people. To cater to the needs of the returnees properly by the authorities concerned, the minister also provided necessary requirements including 400 set of Personal Protection Kits, 20 cans of Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach), 20 bags of bleaching powder, 50 bottles of hand sanitizers, 800 pairs of hand gloves, 3,000 masks, 100 piece of face shield, 5 bags (25 Kg) of salt, 15 plate of eggs, 2,000 piece of aluminium plate and 500 litres of diesel. She handed over the materials to district administration and also to leaders of local civil bodies who are rendering commendable service day and night in catering to the needs of the returnees.

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