|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Mar 27: While the government is making fervent appeals to the people, especially those who have a travel history to register their names to their respective administration’s in view of the spread of novel Coronavirus worldwide, quite a few quarantined people in parts of this winter capital have alleged poor facilities and meals at isolation centres.
Many people have also circulated pictures, videos of the food provided to them at these facilities at different quarantine centres.
As per reports received here from one of the centres at Kissan Bhawan in Narwal area, the quarantined people alleged that food served is not satisfactory while only 500 ml water bottle is provided once or twice a day.
One of the people expressed that he had been to Hungary and returned to Jammu on March 20 and his disclosure about travel history, he was home quarantined by the district administration.
“I was shifted to here at Narwal as a precautionary measure and it was a welcome step but the facilities are really poor,” he alleged and said, “as per the guidelines issued by Govt of India for the COVID-19 quarantine people will be provided sanitisers, soap, toiletry kit, drinking water, tea, snacks, food etc but unfortunately none of the facility is made available.”
He added that according to WHO, per person a minimum of three litres of daily fluid intake is recommended, whereas here in quarantine only a bottle of 250 ml is provided, which is not sufficient.
He further alleged that room is not being cleaned every day, social distancing is must but, at least 12 people are sharing the quarantine facility without being aware who is infected.
“Quarantine suspect person is supposed to be visited by doctors, paramedical staff and administrative staff but hardly any care is being taken,” he added.
He also added that the food provided is not satisfactory and packed in plastic, which is banned in India.
“There is no mosquito repellent in the room,” he claimed and requested to administration to look in the matter ensuring full cooperation during the quarantine period.
Meanwhile situation at Kargil House was also somehow similar where more than 250 students from Kargil, pursuing studies in parts of the country were quarantined on their return to their native places.
“As with the limited resources available here, it becomes almost impossible for the Kargil House authorities to look after to these students,” sources here said.
They added that with so many people present under one roof, one can imagine the situation and how disastrous it could be in such a scenario.
Pertinent to mention here that more 2500 families from Ladakh are also waiting in Jammu to reach to their homes.
“We have approached some of the taxi operators but they are waiting of signal from administration only and ready to ferry us without wasting any time,” they said.
The stranded students have requested to the administration either provide them facilities or allow them to proceed via road or airlift them.
“Gates at Kargil House remains open and have no thermal image screening facility and in such a situation, anybody with a potential carrier can enter the premises,” they added.