Make returnees feel at home at quarantine centres: Social welfare minister

Minister Nemcha Kipgen held a review meeting to take stock of the situation in all the institutional quarantine centres and chalk out plans and strategies to make the returnees feel at home in their respective quarantine centres.

There is a need to make returnees from outside the state feel at home while keeping them under surveillance as per protocol in various institutional quarantine centres, said Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen at a review meeting on Friday in Kangpokpi in view of the arrival of thousands of stranded residents from various parts of India.

“We have to try our best and put all energy to make them feel at home in their respective quarantine centres,” the minister said, exhorting the district level officers, SDOs and all frontline workers of the district fighting against the coronavirus.

The review meeting was convened to take stock of the situation in all the institutional quarantine centres and chalk out plans and strategies to make the returnees feel at home in their respective quarantine centres.

As per the district surveillance officer, IDSP Kangpokpi, around 13 institutional quarantine centres as on May 28 have been established with 63 community quarantine centres in the district which has accommodated more than 1,100 returnees.

Kipgen also said, “I have heard lots of complaint from the returnees despite of all our efforts but we must consider it as a human nature and rather concentrate more on our sincerity and timely intervention to address their grievances.”

The minister encouraged all the authorities concerned looking after the district institutional quarantine centres to ensure proper food and diet to the inmates of the quarantine centres and appealed to the district police to monitor and maintain law and order in the best way.

To cater to the needs of the returnees properly by the authorities concerned, she provided essentials, including 400 set of Personal Protection Kits, 20 canned of Sodium Hypochlorite, 20 bags of bleaching powder, 50 bottles of hand sanitizers, 800 pairs of hand gloves, 3,000 masks, 100 piece of face shield, 5 bags (25 Kg) of salt, 15 plate of eggs, 2,000 piece of aluminium plate and 500 litres of diesel.

The minister handed over the materials to the district administration and to the local civil bodies’ leaders who are rendering commendable service day and night in catering the needs of the returnees.

The minister also urged the district administration to set up special control room with 24x7 services only for the institutional quarantine centres and address their grievances within half an hour while she also instructed to disinfect the quarantine centres regularly on a daily basis.

Kipgen asked all the SDOs to be more active in their service as the district is facing bigger challenges with more influx of stranded people.

The meeting was attended by chairman, ADC Sadar Hills Haokholal Hangshing; DM/DC Kangpokpi, Somorjit Salam; SP Kangpokpi, Hemant Pandey; ADM/Addl DC, Lalramsang Infimate; chief medical officer, Kangpokpi, Nilakanta Singh, AC to DC Kangpokpi, all SDOs, PHED and MSPDCL representatives and the local civil body leaders.

Meanwhile, Shramik Special train from Delhi with 1,600 stranded residents of Manipur arrived at Jiribam Railway Station on Friday at 1.35 pm. The train departed from the Delhi railway station on Monday, according to official sources, official sources said.

From IFP Correspondent | KANGPOKPI.

First Published:May 30, 2020, 9:15 a.m.