KALAIGAON, April 2 - In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 among those people from Assam who had attended the religious programme in Delhi�s Nizamuddin, people here have requested the district administration to immediately track all such persons from the district who have not disclosed their whereabouts or are evading quarantine.
It may be mentioned here that many people from the district � from places like Kalaigaon and Rowta � had attended the event at Nizamuddin. Unfortunately, many of them are either stranded in Delhi or are hiding somewhere.
The Udalguri district administration reviewed the situation in the district at an urgent meeting held at Udalguri on Wednesday. The meeting, held at the office of the Udalguri Deputy Commissioner, was attended by PHE Minister Rihon Daimari, Deputy Commissioner Prakash Ranjan Gharphalia, BTC secretary Bhaskar Jyoti Manta, Superintendent of Police Ripul Das, ADC Amarjyoti Barman, SDO (Sadar) Syamanta Rabi Bora, besides officials of the PHE, Food and Civil Supplies departments.
Gharphalia said three persons from the district who had attended the event in Delhi were yet to reach home in Udalguri, and another four persons who had visited or lived near Nizamuddin have been quarantined. He said steps have taken in tea garden area to stop spread of COVID-19.
North Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: All six persons from Lakhimpur district who returned from the Nizamuddin event have tested negative for coronavirus. This was stated by the Lakhimpur district health department on Thursday.
The blood samples of the six persons were sent to the ICMR laboratory at Lahowal, Dibrugarh on Tuesday after they were identified and put in isolation at the North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital.
Earlier, panic had gripped the district as six persons were identified as returning from the Tablighi Jamaat held at Nizamuddin. The family members of these persons have also been kept in home quarantine for 14 days in Lakhimpur.
Apart from these, another person identified as attending the Nizamuddin programme is reportedly in Kolkata. So far, 3,253 persons in Lakhimpur district have been put in home quarantine. Meanwhile, a few persons were also detained for posting communal posts on social media.
Rangiya Correspondent adds: Two persons coming from the Nizamuddin programme in Delhi have been kept in isolation at the Model Hospital here.
Chandu Ali of Bhehbari village near Rangiya came from the Nizamuddin Markaz, while Muktadir Rahman (33), of Pub Sahan village had gone for eye-related medical treatment in Delhi. Blood samples of both the persons were collected and sent to GMCH for tests. Ali was found to be negative for COVID-19 preliminary test, while Rahman�s report was yet to come.
Dr Safiqul Haque, the SDMO of Rangiya, urged the people not to panic and cooperate with the medical staff by voluntarily reporting if any person has come from the Nizamuddin Markaz and was in hiding.
More than 850 persons of different ages have been asked to go for home quarantine in greater Rangiya subdivision, and their health was being regularly monitored by doctors, medical and ASHA workers, he added.
Doomdooma Correspondent adds: The 15 people from Tinsukia district who figured in the list of those who attended the religious congregation at Nizamuddin in New Delhi have been traced, said a source of the health department. Seven of them did not return to the state, while two persons were from Dibrugarh district.
The remaining six have been under home quarantine since the past few days after they returned. Health officials picked up all these six persons from their homes on Wednesday and sent them for quarantine at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Civil Hospital, Tinsukia, before sending their blood samples to ICMR, RMRC-NE, Lahowal in Dibrugarh.
On Thursday, the results of these six samples were received and all were negative. The health department source further clarified that none of these six persons had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin, but were in and around Nizamuddin area for their personal work. Though they tested negative, they would be kept in hospital quarantine for a few more days, the source added.
Meanwhile, the sample of a 22-year-old student, sent from Doomdooma FRU Hospital to ICMR, RMRC-NE, Lahowal for COVID-19 test has proved to be negative.
The student from Doomdooma, who is studying Human Resource Management in Jamshedpur, fell ill after his return a few days back. When he did not recover after getting preliminary treatment at Doomdooma FRU Hospital, the case was referred to the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Civil Hospital, Tinsukia from where his blood sample was sent to Lahowal for COVID-19 test.
The sample tested negative, much to the relief of his family as well as the people of Doomdooma.