Dhansiri Women's Hostel
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The Nagaland government on Monday decided to requisition hostels of private schools and colleges in Dimapur to quarantine the returnees of the district.

Agriculture production commissioner Y Kikheto Sema held a meeting with the All Nagaland Private Schools Association, All Nagaland Private Colleges Association and Dimapur district education officer here to discuss various issues relating to the people returning home.

Sema briefed the meeting on the arrangements being made for the people returning from outside the state.

He said with more and more people registering to return home, which comes up to more than 8,000 for Dimapur district alone, the government facilities only will not be able to accommodate them.

He, therefore, appealed to the private schools and colleges to come to the rescue of the returnees by providing or allowing their hostels to be used as quarantine centres.

He said proper medical screening will be done upon their arrival and the people for suspected Covid-19 will be kept at isolation wards.

Sema also assured that all necessary requirements of the returnees will be looked after by the government.

Calling for collective effort in the fight against Covid-19, Sema said the government expected quarantine facilities for around 1,500 to 2,000 people in the hostels of private colleges and 3,500 to 4,000 people in the hostels of private schools.

The presidents of the associations agreed to the government’s proposal.

The schools and colleges which are not in the association will also be approached by the core committee of the district on Covid-19, it was decided.

Presidents of both private schools and colleges were nominated as members of the core committee while one member each from both the associations was nominated as accommodation committee member during the meeting.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com