Pregnant woman in quarantine facility
The pregnant woman being welcomed at the quarantine centre at Ahthibung in Peren district on Sunday. Image credit - Northeast Now

A pregnant woman has been quarantined along with her husband in a quarantine facility at Ahthibung in Peren district of Nagaland.

The duo arrived at Jalukie in the district from Maharashtra on June 9.

After four days of quarantine there, they were shifted to the quarantine facility at Ahthibung on Saturday.

The duo was presented with a welcome gift package each during a short briefing at the centre’s premises by the Ahthibung police station officer-in-charge, Akum Nungsang, on Sunday.

Each gift pack contained daily essential items such as toilet soap, bathing soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, hand towel, pocket-size Bible, pen and notepad.

Athibung SDO (Civil) Rupfoukutuo Noudi, gaon burhas (village headmen) of the area, officials of health and family welfare department and police personnel were present during the briefing and presentation of gift packs.

At present, the husband-wife duo is the only inmates at the centre.

Nineteen more returnees are scheduled to arrive at the centre late Sunday night, the member secretary of the quarantine centre, Chungminthang Singson told Northeast Now.

The two are permanent residents of Khelma village under Ahthibung sub-division in Peren district.

They were working as teachers in Bimal English School, Bhokar, in Nanded district of Maharashtra before returning to Nagaland.

Quoting her statement, Singson said the 24-year-old woman is in the ninth month of her pregnancy and her delivery is due on June 23.

He said the management board of the quarantine centre is rendering all possible assistance to the pregnant woman and her husband.

He said apart from medical check-up by the health workers, the community at Ahthibung has been providing essentials besides locally found dietary supplements to them.

There are five security personnel attached to the quarantine centre, he added.

“However, we are worried that despite our best assistance, a gyneacologist is absent in the Ahthibung PHC,” Singson said.

“Adding to our woes is the effect of the ongoing strike by a section of the health department as this may affect her first delivery,” he said.

The management board of the quarantine centre thanked the Ahthibung SDO (Civil) and other line departments for their guidance and support being rendered towards the management of the centre till date and all well-wishers and sympathisers for their generous contributions to help run the centre.

Bhadra Gogoi

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