Truck drivers lodged in Sisney transit camp fear as they a fellow driver had travel history with Sik

Geyzing, 24 May:

A group of truck drivers housed at a transit camp set up near Sisney Petrol Pump, West Sikkim have voiced fears for their health after learning that a driver staying at the camp with them has a travel-history which put him in contact with Sikkim’s first COVID-19 case.

They inform that the driver who had ferried the person in his Savari taxi was also in the transit camp with them and add that while he was taken for medical assessment today, the rest of the inmates have not been screened yet.

They have requested a thorough medical assessment of all drivers staying at the transit camp.

"We have been worried ever since we were informed about a driver in our group who had ferried people with travel history with Sikkim’s first Corona patient. If that person's test returns positive, other drivers staying the transit camp should also be tested immediately,” GM Chettri, one of the drivers at the transit camp said.

Mr Chettri adds that all inmates are under tremendous psychological stress.

DC [West], Karma R Bonpo, when contacted, assured that the next step would be taken once the medical report of the said driver was received.

Truck drivers staying at the Sisney transit camp have been assigned to ferry essential goods from Siliguri on turn-wise basis by the west district administration.

The truck drivers have also complained of inadequate facilities at the transit camp where they have to make their own arrangements for meals.

ADC (West), Karma Lodey Lepcha, when contacted, informed that arrangement for meals for the truck drivers kept at the transit camp should be looked after by the truck-owners. The district administration takes care of their lodging, he said.