Kohima,Jun 05 : In an apparent blunder by one of the Nagaland Government employees, a Chennai returnee was sent to Jalukie in Peren district along with 16 others from Dimapur Quarantine Centre on Wednesday evening even before their test results were out.
According to sources today it was a case of not applying due carefulness with regard to following Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the woman, who had tested positive, was reportedly sent in the same vehicle along with the 16 others. It was reported that the 17 returnees were lodged at two separate Quarantine Centres in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of Jalukie and Government Middle School in Jalukie, which has a capacity to lodge at least over 200 people.
However, following the detection of the positive case, GMS and a block of JNV have been turned into containment zones. The Peren incident was similar to that of the May 26 Tuensang incident where a COVID-19 positive patient was sent along with around 150 returnees to Tuensang from Kohima quarantine centres before the test results were out. In a press release issued by the Dimapur District Surveillance Officer (DSO), it has admitted that the patient was “mistakenly sent” along with other passengers to Peren. The DSO informed that 17 passengers of the Shramik Special Chennai Express Train, who tested negative, were transported from Dimapur to Peren District on June 3. However, on receiving the new batch of test results and upon contact tracing, it was learnt that one of the positive cases was mistakenly sent along with the passengers to Peren, the DSO added.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Peren District was immediately informed on the situation and to identify and isolate the positive case so that all necessary precautions could be taken. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) on COVID-19 of the Peren District termed this as a violation of the latest SOP by the State Government. It added that this mistake has put the lives of people in the district at jeopardy, particular those accompanying the positive returnee and those already at different quarantine centers. It stated that the subsequent sealing of quarantine centers as containment zone in Peren has crippled the district’s capacity to accommodate other returnees. The JAC also demanded immediate disciplinary action against the concerned officers. The Jalukie Students’ Union Nagaland (JSUN) meanwhile urged the Government of Nagaland to initiate immediate necessary medical examination for the remaining 16 returnees, who travelled along with the positive patient, immediately. (UNI)