A statement issued to KNS reads, “Such facilities need to have basic standards of hygiene and comfort to ensure a long and comfortable stay in isolation. Restriction of movement and nervousness in the likelihood of a positive result can lead to psychological trauma. To put such persons in a miserable environment is not only inhuman but hazardous to the quarantined persons”, he said.
He said, they have been in touch with the many asymptomatic persons throughout Valley and have learnt that people are bundled in big, unhealthy numbers in a single room with a single dirty and unhygienic bathroom.
Expressing anguish, Trumboo said, “It could have disastrous fallout as such measures defeat the very purpose of quarantine. One of the reasons that many travellers have tried concealing true identities, and furnished wrong information is this. Authorities need to check the facilities at quarantine centres and keep these under expert watch and control. Though it is said that a few hotels have been kept for isolated confinement, yet the usage is hardly known or publicised”.
“COVID-19 needs a strong,efficient and durable public health care. Even basic requirements of hygiene and effective medical care/ supervision seem to be missing at the designated COVID-19 centres. One such example is the CD hospital where two patients with Positive COVID tests ran away from the facility as they were frightened by the presence of stray dogs in the corridors”, he said.
Trumboo said,”Who is incharge of the preventive maintenance and upkeep of the CD hospital and who has been pulled up on the reason of escape of patients is not known”.
Also, there is a dire need to conduct a thorough inspection of the designated COVID hospitals as this pandemic calls for highest standards of efficiency and Govt cannot sit against public on any account.
Very important government should utilise expertise of qualified health professionals and medics in order to stem the rapidly spreading virus.
“Moreover, the Police brutalities coming to forefront is another example of insensitivity and mismanagement. Police does not honour IDs of officials from essential services and insists on curfew passes from District Administration. This is detrimental to maintaining essential and emergency services. One doesn’t understand who is incharge of law, order and public services. There is an utter confusion. Passing messages on social media with nothing on ground is not what people want”, he said.