AAPSU urges CM: Restrict returnees for a month

ITANAGAR, July 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) after threadbare discussions on rising trend of COVID-19 positive cases, particularly in Capital Complex, in a representation to chief minister on Saturday, strongly objected to June 30 GoAP order to allow opening of places of worship across the state.

AAPSU president Hawa Bagang, VP (Adm)-cum- AAPSU Covid-19 Mission chairman Meje Taku and GS Tobom Dai attributed it to “recent laxity on part of the GoAP in managing the pandemic in the state”.

Educational institutions closed and restrictions in place for social gatherings hold no justifications with such order. It would be almost impossible to strictly follow the order in places of worship, they said demanding its revocation.

While endorsing right of every Arunachalee to return home and revival of economic activities, it sought restriction on returnees for a month as most of the Covid-19 positive cases are returnees.

The GoAP may opens up of all activities slowly as large number of people will return if not checked creating every possibility of further spread of the virus, particularly into the community which would be disastrous. While many detected in quarantine facilities were asymptomatic but shortages of healthcare workers and institutional quarantine facilities (IQF), particularly in Capital Complex after closure of Banderdewa PTC has been reported.

All positive cases in quarantine facilities (QFs) should be allowed to complete the prescribed period as those released after recovery with advice for 14-day home quarantine is followed, mainly due to shortage of QFs. The existing IQFs and healthcare workers won’t bear the load on large returnees if temporary measures are not taken.

Thus, AAPSU quoting Union MoH&FW guidelines demanded retesting of all primary & secondary contacts of two frontline Covid-19 positive workers of Lekhi SQF, both should be restricted, direct central paramilitary forces  & agencies to cooperate with officials and frontline workers, particularly at cheek gates as reportedly they have not been cooperating to causing local unrest; mandatory sanitization/testing of drivers & handymen of goods carrier vehicles;

As indigenous population is very less, this dangerous pandemic could harming our existence if due measures are not taken, the AAPSU said and hoped for due consideration of all points raised in greater interest of state people.

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