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Biggest quarantine facility in NE at Ganesh Nagar run by Police

Biggest quarantine facility in NE at Ganesh Nagar run by Police
DGP Nagaland T. John Longkumer along with CO NAPTC and IRB Mahilla security personnel at Police Ganesh Nagar quarantine centre, Doyapur Dimapur.
KOHIMA, JUL 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/12/2020 1:09:14 PM IST

Dubbed as biggest quarantine facility in the North Eastern region, managed by Nagaland police personnel, the facility located at Ganesh Nagar with 1027-bed was set up to augment the state government’s efforts to check coronavirus, Nagaland DGP T. John Longkumer said.

A police team was deputed to Ganeshnagar Special Economic Zone on May 20 to assess, plan, organise and work out modalities to set up the facility, which was set up in a fortnight, he said.

Work began to institutionally quarantine stranded returnees from other states, ADGP (Adm) Sandeep Tamgadge told PTI.

DIG (Training) Aotemsu headed the team of officers handling accommodation, power supply, sanitation, water supply, office and control room, security, logistics, catering and transport there, Tamgadge said.

“Personal comfort and the risk of inevitable exposure to coronavirus took a back seat and all police personnel got the quarantine centre ready in record time,” Tamgadge said.

Altogether 640 police personnel, including officers, were engaged to set up the centre. The first batch of 509 returnees from Bengaluru, including 383 men and 126 women, arrived at the quarantine centre on June 5, followed by returnees from Punjab, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The Ganeshnagar centre is the biggest one in Nagaland to be built and managed by police for people of the state through the Community Oriented Police Service (COPS) initiative, he said.

A police medical team comprising doctors, nurses and other health workers was also stationed in the facility.  The team has also been tasked with sample collection and swab testing and operates the TrueNat system, approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

“Nagaland police have always overcome challenges and during the unprecedented coronavirus situation also, we have performed our duties going beyond the task of normal policing and have not only enforced the lockdown but also secured the various quarantine centres in the state,” John Longkumer said.

“We resurrected an old disused industrial complex by clearing thick jungle, installing water lines, bathrooms, providing electricity and even digging a 1.25 lakh litre pond to replenish water supply,” the Nagaland police chief said.

Though the facility has not been officially shut down, it was told that the facility will be used as a quarantine centre as and when required. 

According to sources 14th IRB personnel, posted in West Bengal, will be returning to Nagaland and they will be accommodated at Ganesh Nagar facility to complete the quarantine period as per the SOP of all returnees.

 

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