Organisations flay sending of COVID patient to Peren

DIMAPUR, JUN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/5/2020 1:09:01 PM IST

Several organisations have condemned the sending a Chennai returnee, who was tested positive for COVID-19, to Jalukie, Peren district along with 16 others from Dimapur quarantine centre(s) June 3, 2020 evening even before test results were out.

ZSUN: Zeme Students’ Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) said despite the state government’s assurance that it was well-prepared to tackle any kind of COVID-19 related eventuality the general public could see a gross negligence on the part of the government.

ZSUN through its media cell alleged that the government has utterly disregarded Peren JAC’s appeal and sent the returnees awaiting test results. 

The union also stated that there was a total failure on the part of the authorities in abiding the SOP issued by the state government. 

Questioning the “authenticity and seriousness” of the government in handling the current pandemic, the ZSUN has demanded an official assurance for the safety of medical healthcare workers, returnees and all frontline workers designated within Peren district. 

It also demanded setting up of BSL-3 laboratory in the district “by any means” with lab experts as the district has positive case now.

Further, the union affirmed not to endorse the government decision to send back COVID-19 positive returnees to their respective districts unless standard medical equipment/facilities were provided in the designated COVID-19 hospital.

ZSUN cautioned the state government not to repeat “ill-handling” of Covid-19 in the future.

Failing to address its demands, the union said it should not be held for any kind of eventuality.

ZSUN: Zeliangrong Students’ Union Nagaland (ZSUN) has strongly condemned the responsible authority and officer in charge for their “recurrent irresponsible and negligence” action meted out to the returnees belonging to Peren District in total violation of revised SOP by sending Covid-19 positive patient along with 16 returnees.

In a press release, ZSUN ZSUN president Dithuibo Newmai and general secretary Adona Herie said that violation of SOP and the error of judgment admitted by the district surveillance team Dimapur were unjustifiable and “cannot be compromised against the innocent human lives.” 

It stated that the “recurrent irresponsible attitude” by the state government after Tuensang incident was “an insult” to people of Peren district in particular and to the Nagas in general.

ZSUN has, therefore, appealed to state chief minister and the governor of Nagaland to constitute immediate disciplinary action against the responsible officers “for creating the mess.”

DDCF: Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) has said that repeated violation of the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) by the government has deeply disheartened the people of Nagaland and questioned whether if it was intentionally done.

DDCF through its media cell stated that people had high expectations of better handling of the situation after a new team headed by the chief minister was set up. 

However, the forum stated that the same mistake has been repeated, adding that this time it was Peren district that became the victim. DDCF said the present case was “more serious and severe”, saying the responsible authority had “proper and confirmed knowledge” regarding the status of the patient. 

The forum stated that if such “careless handling” of the returnees and the positive patients continued, “the hour is very near for community transmission of Covid-19”.

DDCF has, therefore, appealed to the state government to deal with all the cases concerning Covid-19 very sensitively in the future. It added that even those who had completed the institutional quarantine period needed to be cautiously handled. 

NIPF: Nagaland Indigenous People’s Forum (NIPF) expressed pain over what it described as “serious violation” of SOP by sending a Covid-19 positive returnee to Peren district.

NIPF through its media cell reminded that as per SOP all returnees from Chennai “will continue to remain in the Quarantine Centre until the Covid-19 test are done on all such person”, and those who test positive but do not require hospitalization and are fit to travel will be sent “under special transportation after following all the necessary health protocols”.

However, NIPF said that SOP has been violated once again after Tuensang fiasco with the sending of a Covid-19 positive patient along with others to Peren district. It asserted that repeated violation of SOP followed by clarification(s) needed to be immediately stopped.

NIPF has urged the government to be more sensitive and cautious in dealing and handling the situation for public safety.



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