SILCHAR, April 25 - As many as 58 medical professionals � including 11 doctors, five technicians and 42 nurses and paramedical staff � who completed 14-day institutional quarantine after treating COVID-19 patients at Silchar Medical College and Hospital were felicitated by the Government of Assam on Friday.
In a brief meeting organised by the Cachar district administration at the hotel where the healthcare professionals were kept, Minister of Excise, Forest and Fisheries Parimal Suklabaidya honoured the doctors and other staff and congratulated them for their commendable services in saving humanity from the lethal disease.
�We are amidst a time when COVID-19 has put our existence at risk. But we are fortunate that our doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedical staff are on the first line of duty, treating COVID-19 patients putting their lives at risk. On behalf of the government and people of the state, I thank all of you for the selfless service. We pray that all of you stay in good health,� Suklabaidya said.
Cachar Deputy Commissioner Barnali Sarma, ADCs Lolita Rongpipi and Sumit Sattawan, SMCH principal Dr Babul Bezbaruah, superintendent Dr Abhijit Swami, Joint Director of Health Services Dr SJ Das, and district surveillance officer Dr Ajit Bhattacharjee also conveyed their wishes to the doctors and technical staff.
Dr Bezbaruah said that five doctors had been released a day before and the remaining members of the first batch have completed their institutional quarantine and all of them have undergone two rounds of routine health tests. However, they would continue to be on home quarantine for another 14 days. He said the local residents can go back to their homes while others can stay back in their respective accommodations.
Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy was also present during the felicitation.
50 nomad families facing problems: In what could be called a shocking state of affairs, at least 50 families living in makeshift huts in an open field alongside the bypass near NIT Silchar are facing tremendous difficulties due to the lockdown.
NGO Saksham�s south Assam wing along with Jan Shikshan Sansthan reached out to the families with ration and sanitisation kits.
�The people living in the huts were found to be Banjaras. There are around 400 people and all are living without food or proper hygiene. We saw children suffering from skin problems and paediatric disorders. They are commonly seen coming into the town begging for food. Social distancing is a big question among these people who are largely ignorant about health and hygiene. We urge the district administration to look into the matter,� said Mithun Roy, secretary of Saksham south Assam.
Meanwhile, when the matter was brought to the notice of the administration, Deputy Commissioner Barnali Sarma said steps would be taken for the benefit of those people. District Development Commissioner Jessica Lalsim said that the Joint Director of Health Services Cachar was informed and steps will be taken accordingly.