HAILAKANDI, Aug 7 - Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti has urged the Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi to take immediate steps to remove the fear among people regarding swab test. The members of the Samiti informed the Deputy Commissioner that people flee when they see Health officials on the roads and the market areas for fear of getting tested. They suggested to convene a meeting involving all sections of people to remove this fear among people. The Samiti members alleged lack of proper facilities in the COVID-19 designated hospitals of the district. The delegation of the Samiti, who met the Deputy Commissioner included Sushil Paul, Ranjit Ghosh, Manik Chakraborty, among others.
Meanwhile, the district administration has appealed to the people to come forward voluntarily to have their swab tested to prevent further transmission of coronavirus in the community.
Deputy Commissioner, Hailakandi, Megh Nidhi Dahal said there is no need for anyone to fear or panic if found COVID-19 positive as every possible care is being taken in the Covid Care Centres.
Dahal said the administration has set up 19 testing facility and swab collection centres at prominent places across the district, besides Nazrul Sadan premises where people can come and get their swab examined instantly under the Rapid Antigen Test. �There is no need to fear as early detection of positive cases will help in arresting the spread of the disease in the community and enable quick treatment at the Covid Care Centres and in isolation wards of hospitals,� said Dahal.
The administration has made all possible arrangements at the Covid Care Centres right from accommodation to food and recreational activities for the patients so that they are comfortably placed and feel quite at home. A team of doctors and paramedics are stationed at these centres round-the-clock to nurse and take care of the medical needs of the patients.
Everything is being constantly monitored by the Deputy Commissioner assisted by a team of officials and centre in-charge so that the inmates housed in the centres can spend their days comfortably and leisurely. CCTVs are being installed at vantage points to ensure smooth and hassle-free functioning of these centres.
Dahal said the administration has no problems in placing asymptomatic persons under home isolation provided they follow all the COVID-19 related protocols and guidelines.
The Deputy Commissioner urged everyone not to discriminate or attach any stigma to a patient saying that the fight is against the disease and not with the person afflicted with it. �Do not attach stigma to COVID-19 patients. It is a viral infection, not a social evil or a social stigma,� he said.
Clarifying the fear about the infection, the Deputy Commissioner said the pandemic required better preparation to face, and there is no need to panic as the administration is geared up to meet any exigency. �I am worried that an infected person may suffer more due to fear of being ostracized, than the virus itself,� he added.
Dahal appealed to the public to rise in unison in the fight against COVID-19 to emerge triumphant.