Kashmir Indepth

Ladakh returned people complaint poor facilities in quarantine center

Urge DC Sgr to intervene


Srinagar, Mar 20 (KINS): The people, who arrived from Ladkah on Thursday, complained of poor facilities at quarantine centre here in the outskirts of Srinagar city.

On Thursday around 80 people arrived Srinagar Airport from Ladkah and were quarantined in the different locations in the outskirts of Srinagar city.

“We were boarded in buses and kept in an isolation center at Panthachowk. But we have no facilities here. Water is contaminated. We heard that the hotel was closed for months together. It is strange that we have been put here when the condition of this hotel was not good,” Mudasir Ahmad (name changed) told Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) over phone.

“Hot water was not available at this isolation centre. The primary requirement to prevent and manage the virus is to have access to hot water. But that is not available here,” they claimed.

“The authorities want us to stay sanitized and this is what they give us. This way authorities cannot contain coronavirus only will get more cases,” they said.

They said that though the Additional DC and DSP police visited there but nothing changed in this quarantine center.

They sought urgent intervention by District commissioner Srinagar to make sure that the quarantined people are provided with basic facilities till they are stationed there.

When this KINS correspondent tries to contact District commissioner Srinagar, he was not available for comments.

However the Additional commissioner Srinagar, Haneef Balki’s phone was picked up by someone who said “ADC is in a meeting here in Rajbagh and cannot talk right now”.

It is to mention here that advisories released by the Health Ministry have repeatedly stressed on the importance of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. Currently, the virus has no definitive cure and symptomatic management is the only option. Jammu and Kashmir administration has officially confirmed four positive cases.

Chief Secretary J&K had also directed the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that passengers in all flights coming from Ladakh were 100% quarantined.(KINS)

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