200-bedded quarantine centre faces first hurdle from local bodies

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Taking serious note of the government’s move to construct a 200-bedded quarantine centre at Langthabal Phumlou Loukol, different local clubs of the area have demanded that the government hold consultation over the appropriateness of the location with the local clubs prior to commencement of construction.

In the wake of Chief Minister N Biren’s inspection of the site where a quarantine centre is proposed to be constructed, seven local clubs of Langthabal area, namely the Divine Light Club, Langthabal Kunja Welfare Club,  Langthabal Chingkha Youth Club, Langthabal Chingthak Rongmei Club, Universal Youth Club, United People Welfare Association and Langthabal Khoupum Cultural Club on Tuesday held a meeting at  the office of Divine Light Club.

The meeting minutely discussed the proposed construction of a 200 bedded quarantine centre for Covid-19 infected patients at Langthabal Phumlou Loukol, for which Chief Minister N Biren, ministers and officials conducted a survey there on Monday, said a joint release issued by the organisations.

According to the release, Langthabal Phumlou Loukol is a small paddy land where farmers from the surrounding villages have been carrying out their cultivation and they have no other option.  The construction of the quarantine centre for Covid-19 infected patients will trigger intense panic among villagers in the surrounding areas. In case the quarantine centre is converted into a permanent hospital for treatment of infectious diseases, then there is high risk of airborne diseases spreading to the neighboring villages.

People of the surrounding villages feel it would be better to construct such a quarantine centre or a hospital for treatment of infectious disease at a segregated site, where there is no human settlement within a 15-20 kilometer radius. 

The organizations have demanded that the quarantine centre for Covid-19 infected patients should be constructed as a temporary measure and its conversion into a permanent hospital should not be considered. They further demanded that government should demolish the structure as soon as the containment of the Convid-19 is complete. It also demanded provision of necessary equipment to the surrounding villages for protection from the virus.

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