Agartala: In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus among the communities, Tripura government has decided to set up at least one institutional quarantine centre in each panchayat and village council of the state.
In a teleconference conference held by chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday, he instructed all the panchayat secretaries and village councilors to set up institutional quarantine centres in their respective areas.
Taking to Twitter, Deb wrote, “Through Teleconference instructed all panchayat secretaries & village councils to setup at least one institutional quarantine center each at their respective areas, which will be under Health Dept’s supervision. Concerned authorities shall maintain proper hygiene of these centers.”
The total number of positive case in Tripura stands at 232 with the highest spike of 34 cases in a single day on Tuesday.
Deb also wrote, “If required any quarantined person will be shifted to hospital immediately. I believe these centers will play an important role to stop the transmission of COVID-19.”
Tripura government also issued 10-point guidelines for the village quarantine centres. Panchayat/village level corona monitoring and awareness committees in consultation with the family members of returnees may now set up a village quarantine facility at any available community building in the village.
It also informed that the list of returnees may be handed over to the panchayat/ village level committees by the district administration along with detailed address and mobile number of the returnees.
Facility will be managed by the villagers themselves and food etc for the returnees will have to be provided by their family members or by the community as per their internal agreement.
After the decision, the committee should inform concerned BDO, Block level committee and sub-divisional magistrate, which may arrange for regular sanitisation, cleanliness, drinking water, lighting facilities, etc, in the village quarantine centres.
Administration will ensure regular visit of health staff to these centres for the check-up these returnees.
The sub-divisional administration should engage responsible officials to visit the village quarantine centres on daily basis so that the quarantine centres are managed smoothly.
If any symptom of COVID-19 or any symptom of other disease appears in the returnees in the quarantine centre, it should immediately be taken to the notice to the sub divisional/district administration for taking necessary preventive measures.
All the returnees may be quarantined in the village quarantine centre for the balance period of 14 days and thereafter they may be released by the panchayat/village committee with proper records.
If any emergent issue arises, immediately this should be informed to the block/sub-divisional/district administration for remedial action.
The sub-divisional magistrate under guidance of district magistrate will be overall in-charge of all ‘village quarantine facilities’ under his subdivision and ensure that these centres are run properly and norms of social distancing, wearing of mask, frequent sanitization and regular health check-up are rigorously followed.
Meanwhile, a total of 26,944 persons were placed under surveillance, out of which 16,589 persons were released after completion of 14 days’ observation period. While there are 330 persons in facility quarantine, 10,025 persons are in home quarantine as on Tuesday.