Residents call for early contact tracing, screening
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 5th Jul: Disgruntled residents of Greenland which is currently under containment zone, have expressed serious reservation about the containment measures being taken up by the district health authority in the locality after one person tested Covid-19 positive recently.
Speaking to The People's Chronicle on Sunday, the residents informed that since the announcement of the entire locality as a containment zone on July 1, no medical team has visited their neighbourhood till date, let alone conducting contact tracing and screening of suspected cases.
"Are the authorities concerned not supposed to take swift actions and trace all contacts of the patient and screen them all immediately, if spread of the disease is to be avoided?," one of the residents questioned.
He said that the patient was evacuated to the District Covid-19 Care Centre, while six of her co-inmates, along with the patient's child were shifted to Greenland Quarantine Centre on July 1.
"But since then, we have not seen any other preventive measures other than containing the entire residents. It's been five days now, but requisite contact tracing and screening of suspected inmates have not been performed till date," the residents rued.
"We appeal to the authorities concerned to immediately take up necessary precautionary measures like testing of all the contacts. We want the authorities to contain the situation as early as possible," said C Nganingshing, convenor of Greenland Covid-19 Committee.
He said that since containment of this area, the residents are facing a lot of problems in procuring essential commodities and going out for regular activities.
"Around 80-85 percent of the households here are farmers, labourers and daily wagers. We are in the midst of annual rice transplantation and if farmers are confined during this peak season, the locals are bound to face myriad problems," he pointed out.
He also informed that 18 students from the locality are going to appear the upcoming Class XII exam on July 6 and 7 onwards.
Meanwhile, clarifying on the incidence of the Covid-19 positive case in the neighbourhood, Nganingshing said that the patient was a Delhi returnee who reached JNV Ramva IQC on May 25, 2020 and had stayed there for 14 days. "Her swab test was done on June 7, 2020 and her negative result was received on June 15. After completion of 14 days quarantine, she was discharged and shifted to Greenland QC on June 16 along with six others of the same locality from the same quarantine centre," he related.
On inquiring them after reaching the Greenland QC, it was learnt that two out of seven of them, had not received their test reports. They had been put together in one room. "We immediately informed the Ukhrul Covid-19 Control Room about their situation. The control room responded that the report for two persons had been misplaced and that they couldn't trace them," he said.
"The control room response made us confused and then commotion started among the inmates as GQC usually allow housing of only those returnees who have completed 14 days IQ/CQ with negative results as per the directives of TCFC. Thereafter, the control room assured for re-test of all the seven inmates and so, on June 25, re-test was done for all seven of them, he informed.
On June 30, that was seven days after the test was conducted, their results were declared.
"Sadly, for the second time, one of the test reports was missing out of seven tests while the results for the six turned out to be negative. It was verbally informed by the control room that even without result, if she has completed her quarantine stay/period and is healthy and active without any slightest health complications, it's okay to discharge her. With this advice, we discharged all seven of them on June 30 evening with the advice that they should continue home isolation for another 5-7 days. All of them had completed 31 day quarantine", he said.
"But on July 1, 2020, around 12:10 pm, the control room informed us that one among seven tests done recently has been found positive. We were shocked. We immediately informed the family members about the result and simultaneously informed all her other six room-mates to return to the QC, they all willingly cooperated us and returned to the quarantine centre and subsequently the local Covid committee sealed their houses an "Under home quarantine" notice on their gate/entrance.
It was only on the next day that we learn the district administration had declared 'Whole Greenland area' as a containment area but prior to that on July 1 evening our tang/locality took up all requisite precautionary measures by announcing through PA system in the neighbourhood, alerting all households to stay indoors and refrain from any normal activities in the area, he added.