SILCHAR, May 16 - As people of Cachar district who were stranded in other cities across India owing to the ongoing lockdown start to reach home, questions, objections and speculations from a cross-section of the society regarding their accommodation in hotels and other buildings as institutional quarantine centres have started to pour in.
Against this backdrop, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli, in her first media interaction on Friday urged the people of the district not to panic over the developments and extend cooperation to their own fellow residents.
�Those returning from States outside the North-east are people of this district, who got stranded due to the clamping of lockdown since March this year. They are not potentially COVID-19 positive patients. Since the number of persons reaching back home would be large, we have made institutional quarantine centres at hotels and other places which are well within the society. Arrangement of large-scale facilitation in remote and isolated places overnight would not be possible.
People and associations who approached the administration with complaint and appeals not to keep these persons in close proximity are requested to cooperate in this hour of crisis. There is no reason to panic as only asymptomatic people would be kept in the quarantine centres only for observation and under tight police security so that no one can come out at any point in time. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 would be directly taken to the designated ward at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital for treatment,� Jalli maintained.
The Deputy Commissioner, who recently joined the district said that people would be sent home only after their swab sample test results come out to be negative and once they are home, the particular homes would be tagged as containment homes with ASHA workers visiting frequently to get their health updates. �People who would be sent home would not be allowed to come out for a period of 14 days and we shall take all care to send them food and other essentials. It is the society that has to join hands with the administration in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and help the people. Let all of us work together to see through the phase,� she added.
Further, Jalli informed that recently 47 persons who had been on institutional quarantine were released after their medical results were found negative and asymptomatic.