Imphal: Redefining the meaning of the fight against COVID-19 as a collective effort, Manipur government, in a exemplary gesture, has set up the first-of-its-kind dedicated quarantine centres for transgender persons returning to the state amid national lockdown.
Two such facilities have now come up at Imphal West and Imphal East, respectively.
The step taken by the state government to open separate quarantine centre for the transgender community is aimed at ensuring emotional security to the persons belonging to the third gender during the current pandemic.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, chief minister N Biren Singh said, “Transgender Quarantine Center opened at Government Ideal Blind School, Takyelpat is now ready to receive stranded transgenders coming from other states.”
As per a directorate of social welfare statement issued on Thursday, two dedicated quarantine centres have been set up in the state.
The facility at the Ideal Blind School, Takyelpat in Imphal West can accommodate at least 24 inmates and is meant for those transgender persons who are coming from cities under green zone category.
The other centre at Maria Montessori Higher Secondary, Koireingei in Imphal East is for those coming back from red zone areas, the statement said.
At least 40 transgender persons stranded across the country are expected to come home amid the COVID-19 lockdown, as per the statement.
Moreover, stranded transgender persons can also be quarantined at the community quarantine facility managed by local authorities provided they have access to separate block to ensure privacy and emotional security, the statement said.
To oversee the smooth functioning of the quarantine centres for the third gender, the state government has appointed deputy director for child programme K Saroja Devi as the nodal officer.
Earlier, an Imphal-based local club under the supervision of MLA Khumukcham Joykisan constructed separate room and toilet facilities for transgender returnees at the community quarantine centre at DM College of Teachers’ Education.
As per reports, a hygiene bank which consists of personal sanitation items like face masks, hand sanitiser, PPEs and sanitary kits for women have been stocked up for the inmates at the centres.