Gangtok, 26 Mar:
Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling, accompanied by the area MLA [Namcheybong], EM Prasad Sharma, today visited the SICUN facility at Assam Lingzey where 54 scholarship students returning to the State from outside have been quarantined. These students, it may be recalled, went through a harrowing experience on the night of 24 March when a mob of villagers chased their motorcade away convinced that the students were bringing Novel Coronavirus to their village. The matter was resolved a day later and the students brought to the quarantine facility established for them in the SICUN building.
The SKM leaders, a press release informs, visited the students on the directions of the Chief Minister, and checked whether they were being attended to well.
The 54 students, comprising of 32 boys and 22 girls, at SICUN are under the special supervision of Dr Siddhant Basnett, the release informs, along with Senior Nurse Chandra Kala Das, MPHW Sandesh Limboo and Keshar Bhandari on duty.
Similarly SICUN Chief Executive Officer Karma Galek and Executive Director Phadong Bhutia are also deployed providing special care to the students, the release adds.
Director HRDD (Scholarship), ST Bhutia, is also deployed as Nodal Officer for this special case while Station In-charge Prabhakar Billa along with Deputy Director HRDD are also been deployed there to look after the students quarantined there, the release details.
Given the experience of 24 March, a detachment of 20 IRBn jawans have also been posted there for security led by Major MB Subba and employees from HRDD stationed for Kitchen and sanitation chores, the release further details.
The release informs that Mr Khaling interacted with officers deployed there and with the students and also handed over sanitizers and masks and checked the stock of materials provided.
Counseling is being provided to the students and Mr Khaling informs that they are not sick but will be kept in quarantine for the prescribed duration of time.
Later in the afternoon, Mr Khaling also visited the Central Health Store at Tadong.
Mr Khaling, accompanied by Rhenock MLA Bishnu Kr. Khatiwada then proceeded to visit Rangpo Check Post where everything was found well.
The latest technology screening machine has been introduced at the check post, the release informs.
“Under the guidance of CM PS Tamang [Golay], screening has been adopted from the very beginning [59 days now] and Sikkim has not received any COVID-19 cases so far and if we follow such guidelines and strict screening and awareness it's sure we can remain untouched by the deadly virus,” the release quotes Mr Khaling as conveying.