Debing village has a strict rule, even after institutional quarantine and testing negative returnees have to stay isolated in makeshift huts in compulsory quarantine for 28 days
Itanagar: Aroty Yommin on Tuesday became the first person to complete her 28-day home quarantine in one of the makeshift quarantine huts. This unique facility is made and maintained by villagers of Debing village in the state.
Debing, falls under the Ruksin circle of East Siang district, around 240km from the state capital. The village has made it mandatory for all its lockdown returnees to undergo a 28-day home quarantine.
The villagers have set up huts made up of bamboo and locally available materials with basic facilities including electricity and running water for the returnees.
Once the returnees complete their stay at the state or central quarantine and their swab samples tests are negative, they are brought to the huts and kept under strict quarantine for 28 days.
Kaling Moyong, the secretary of the village committee, said Aroty was a Hyderabad returnee and had reached Arunachal on May 19.
“She stayed at the Sille quarantine centre for eight days and after her swab sample tested negative for Covid-19 she was brought in the hut. She underwent two more tests after that both of which were negative,” Moyong said.
Moyong said there are presently 10 more returnees who are under quarantine in the huts out of which four will completed their 28-day quarantine on the 24th of this month.
“Volunteers have been deployed 24x7 to ensure that the inmates maintain all rules and follow the social distancing norms,” he said.
Debing’s unique way of enforcing home quarantine for the returnees by building separate quarantine huts for them has been appreciated by people from all walks of life.