‘Worried’ TNL calls for COVID-19 care centres in Ukhrul, Kamjong
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 4th Jun: Raising concerns over the inordinate delay in Covid-19 testing process amid emergence of several asymptomatic Covid-19 positive cases in both Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) has drawn the attention of the state government towards establishing Covid-19 Care centres with adequate number of medical staffers in the twin districts.
Briefing media persons at his office chamber on Thursday, TNL president Hopingson A Shimray said that the apex Tangkhul customary body is compelled by the prevailing scenario to draw the attention of the state government towards the exigencies of establishing dedicated Covid-19 Care centres in the two districts on a war footing.
"The undue delay in the current COVID-19 testing process has put the populace of the two districts in danger of possible community transmission as many of the inmates could not obtain their test reports even after serving the mandatory 14 day quarantine", he continued.
Citing the recent two cases at Talui village in Ukhrul district, one case each in Kamjong town and Sorbung village in Kamjong district, he said that the patients were not aware of their Covid19 status since they were all asymptomatic. They were awaiting their reports at the time of shifting from institutional quarantine facilities to their respective community quarantine centres, he added.
"Asymptomatic condition of the inmates is endangering the entire local populace and is further complicated by the slow pace of testing process", he lamented, adding that instant community transmission could have been sparked had they been sent to home quarantine as done elsewhere.
According to the TNL chief, in view of the current slow testing process, chances of asymptomatic patients getting mixed in with other inmates in the community quarantine centres, are still very high because of delayed results.
"Which is why, we are constrained to call the immediate attention of the state government on this matter. We request the government to immediately arrange for establishing of Covid-l9 Care centre with provision of adequate number of medical staffers in each of the districts which would serve as both testing and treatment facilities", Shimray exerted.
He observed that unless the government sets up the centres immediately, things could worsen in the ensuing days in the face of growing number of positive cases.
"In a worst case scenario, the space at the present two Covid-19 care centres at Imphal could soon become exhausted for incoming positive patients from both valley and hill districts. We want the government to act now on this on a war footing to pre-empt a catastrophic situation", he further cautioned.
Meanwhile, Shimray stated that Ukhrul and Kamjong districts are receiving the highest number of returnees among the hill districts.
"So far a total of 5301 returnees who arrived in Ukhrul, have been screened at the entry. Out of this, 1342 samples have been collected from among the returnees and 3959 are still awaiting throat swab collection", he pointed out. In the case of Kamjong district, out of the 1654 screened returnees, 349 samples have been collected and swab collection for the remaining 1305 is yet to be done, he said.
"Only establishment of separate Covid-19 care centres in the districts would ensure successful containment of the current pandemic in the state", Shimray added.