Jamshedpur, May 17: Concerned with the growing fear among the villagers caused by the Covid 19, the administration is planning more quarantine centres in rural areas�along NH 33. �
The administration has identified Mahulia High School in Ghatshila for accommodating the returnees in the event of the villagers continuing to oppose the former at the quarantine centres set up at panchayat level.
Located along the NH-33 at Ghatshila, the Mahulida High School is large enough for accommodating over 500 people and the high school being located away from the villages the place was considered to be an ideal place for the institutional quarantine centre.
Five labourers who had returned from Odisha and Maharashtra had been put at Chorinda Middle School at Chorinda village under Jorsha panchayat which had been made as an institutional quarantine centre on Friday evening. But hours after residents of Chorinda village came up to the middle school and started protesting, demanding the local mukhiya to remove those kept there in quarantine.
Those against the quarantine of the returnees maintained that they were feeling unsafe with the returnees being put in quarantine in the middle of the village. As a result of which the mukhiya with consultation with the block development officer (BDO), Ghatshila, Sanjay Kumar Das shifted those five returnees to their respective villages which include Barbil, Kamarigora and Haludboni, all under the Jorsha panchayat itself.
�We are looking for more such centres so that so that we are prepared to meet any such challenge. The situation is control right now but we are taking every step to ensure safety. So far we have nearly 2000 bed quarantine facilities in different blocks of the district. Still we want to keep some places in our hands for quarantine facilities in case of emergencies,� said an official.
Meanwhile, all the inter-state and inter-district checkpoints in 12 locations of the district have been sealed by the district administration.
� We are taking every possible step to combat challenges posed by coronavirus. We have asked the district officers to come up with quarantine centres across the district so that patients can be kept isolated,� said Ravi Shankar Shukla, deputy commissioner. He went on to inform that the BDOs will make arrangements. Isolation centres have come up in several places in the city but the idea is to ensure such places in rural areas too.