HAFLONG, May 23 - The district of Dima Hasao is no longer a corona-free district of Assam since the Chief Executive Member NC Hills Autonomous Council Debolal Gorlosa disclosed that seven people returning from Chennai and Tripura were found to be Covid-19 positive here today.
Gorlosa along with Samuel Changsan, Executive Member in-charge, Medical and Health, visited all the quarantine centres like Siksha Bhavan, Haflong Hotel and JNV today to take stock of the facilities being provided and also met the inmates of the quarantine centres.
The CEM addressing the media appealed to the people of Dima Hasao not to panic and maintain strict social distance since coronavirus has to be fought unitedly with full support and cooperation from the people of Dima Hasao.
The persons who tested COVID-19 positive are – Utpal Mishra of Langting, who travelled by Rajdhani Express to Ambasa and entered the district on May 19. The rest of the six positive cases came from Chennai and entered the district on May 16 and 18 and were put in quarantine centres. They are – Roshan Thapa of Umrangso; Kideube Zeme of Hewangberan, Mahur; Heluiheube Pame of Lodi; Deiangbe Zeme of P Songkhai, Mahur; Pauheujimbe Riame of Laisong; Semiom Zeme of P Songkhai, Mahur.
It is learnt that more than 250 persons returning from various places like Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru are there in quarantine centres in Dima Hasao.
Joint Director Health Services, Dr Dipali Barman, said that all the seven positive cases are from quarantine centres, who had recently returned home by train. All seven of them belong to the age group between 22 to 26 years.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Paul Barua said, “All the seven patients are being shifted to the isolation centre at the Haflong Civil Hospital. Steps as per Covid-19 protocol will be followed regarding containment and sealing of the areas where the positive patients were quarantined.”
Appealing to the people not to panic, NCHAC, Executive Member in-charge, Health department, Samuel Changsan said that the virus have been found only on those people coming from different destinations and they were all in quarantine centres.
The Haflong market was closed down immediately after detection of the positive cases and the Haflong Hotel, the designated quarantine centre located near the Haflong market was sanitized by Haflong Municipal Board.