Send returnees to their respective districts: KVC

Kohima, May 25 (MExN): The Kohima Village Council (KVC) on Monday took exception to the government’s decision of quarantining transit passengers of the other 7 districts at the Quarantine Centres of Kohima despite such centres being set up by the respective districts.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister on May 25, KVC Chairman Dr Neiphi Kire and Secretary Zeneizo Rutsa said that “there is increased risk of spreading the infection amongst the residents of Kohima if people continue returning from high risk zone/s and are all kept together at Kohima Quarantine Centres.” This has also given additional stress and workload to the frontline workers who have to look after all returnees for the entire 8 districts and more, it added.

The KVC also pointed out that more returnees are expected to arrive on Monday as well as the coming days and reasoned that “These new arrivals will over saturate the quarantine facilities available and also put additional risk on those who are already completing their 14 days of quarantine.”

Further, the council also made a reference to its earlier representation to the Chief Secretary and expressed “regret that no consideration has been made to our plight.” “Under the circumstances, the Kohima Village Council is compelled to demand that the returnees from other districts be sent to their respective district centers without any further delay,” the release stated.