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Fear stalks people living near quarantine centres
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 23 - In order to cater to the large number returnees from outside the State, new quarantine centres are coming up in Kamrup (Metro) district, creating a panic situation among the public in the city.

Medical safety has become a cause of serious concern especially for the people living adjacent to the quarantine centres. Locals alleged that the district administration did not consult or discuss with people of surrounding areas before setting up such centres. In some cases, the authorities concerned have not put up any notice in front of such centres, leaving people of nearby areas in the dark.

“Recently one positive case was reported from a hotel located near my house which the district administration has been using as a quarantine centre. Unfortunately, I came to know about its existence only after an ambulance came to the hotel to shift the patient to hospital,” a resident of Uzanbazar area alleged.

Locals of other areas of the city have also echoed similar allegations and demanded of the district administration to properly demarcate a quarantine centre and to carry out extensive mass awareness in the locality.

There are also reports that staff of hotels which are functioning as quarantine centres are moving freely outside, without any medical precaution.

Reacting to the issue, Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu said, “We are trying our best to create awareness among the public before setting up a quarantine centre. Yes, we are getting some complaints as everyone is worried about their health. Our officials are in the field and relentlessly trying to fix such issues.”

Till Friday, more than 6,400 people had been kept under institutional quarantine in various facilities arranged by the district administration. The number of returnees is increasing exponentially every day, so more quarantine centres would be needed in the district soon.

Apart from the Sarusajai Indoor Stadium (around 800 capacity), till date around 130 quarantine centres have been set up in the district, which include Maniram Dewan Trade Centre (around 350 capacity), Delhi Public School (around 350 capacity), Kaziranga English Academy (around 250 capacity), hostel of NPS International School, guest house of State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development and Shilpgram along with a number of community halls, dharamsalas and around 110 hotels.

The district administration plan to requisition a number of college and university hostels, remaining hotels, guest houses and other facilities soon as the demand for quarantine space is amplifying every day.

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