STATE TIMES NEWS KATHUA: Commissioner Secretary Forest, Ecology and Environment, Sarita Chauhan chaired a meeting to review the facilities being provided to the inmates at administrative quarantine centres here today. The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Kathua, OP Bhagat; Additional Deputy Commissioner Atul Gupta; ACR Kathua Davinder Paul; DFO Kathua Rahul Singh; Nodal Officer Quarantine Centre, Dr Ajay Sudan; Nodal Officer, Suninderjeet Kaur other officers of various departments. Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Secretary laid thrust on maintaining proper cleanliness in the quarantine centres and making adequate provision of toilets and bathrooms for inmates to minimise the chances of spread of infection. She called for increasing cleaning points to discourage crowding and personal dustbin for inmates to encourage personal hygiene. She also exhorted upon the Nodal Officers to maintain proper list of quarantine people and ensure best facilities for children and pregnant women. Deputy Commissioner Kathua OP Bhagat informed the meeting that Kathua district has so far housed 20,858 evacuees/returnees in 139 quarantine centres established across the district. He disclosed that 15,267 people have been sent to their homes after successful completion of their quarantine stay in the district and another 5,591 inmates are still staying put in different quarantine facilities in the district. The district has also readied five COVID-19 Wellness Centres with intake capacity of 750 persons, Bhagat added. Later, Commissioner Secretary visited quarantine centres at BRG Palace and Surya College of Education and inspected the facilities made available in these centres. She also interacted with the inmates of quarantine centres and enquired about their well-being and facilities being provided to them. Later Sarita Chauhan also visited several quarantine centres of Samba to review functioning and facilities at these centers. Chauhan, who is also Nodal Officer to monitor the quarantine centres established in J&K, during her visit was informed by Deputy Commissioner Samba, Rohit Khajuria that 15 quarantine centres have been identified and established in the district at various schools, resorts, ashrams with a total capacity of 3000 persons. DC also informed that Radha Sawami Ashram quarantine centre has also been working as a transit camp where daily 2500-3000 persons are being received, segregated, screened, sampled, provided with food, water, shelter and later dispatched to their home districts. Currently 2885 persons are being kept at quarantine centres and district administration has deputed district officers, officials and other field staff in these centres to provide hassle free facilities to all the inmates.
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