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Nagaland: The good life at a quarantine centre

The crisis started by the Covid19 pandemic has led the country to fight an unprecedented challenge. As such, reports of basic amenities not being met in quarantine centres have been making rounds throughout India. In this regard, the Livingstone Quarantine Centre in Nagaland, has done remarkably well along with other quarantine centres of Nagaland.

The quarantine center currently hosts around 200 people returning mostly from different parts of the Northeast. The centre has been on the news due to well-served meals and timely services provided to the inmates. It has also successfully provided proper accommodation to the people who came to the place by maintaining proper cleanliness.

The quarantine centre received applauds from civil societies when photos of their meal preparation went viral.

Speaking to Inside Northeast, an inmate fromMokochung quarantine centre said, “it’s really nice and the experience along with the treatment is good”, said Sunep Ozukum, an inmate of the facility. He highlighted the accommodation has been clean and “there are separate hostels for both gents and ladies”. Ozukum initially came from Kerala and was stranded in Guwahati for 53 days. Now, he has received hospitality and safety from the quarantine centre as no one is allowed to go out.

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The FAC Campus Church Union for the special dinner tonight. One of the inmates said, “I have never seen our dear inmates so happy bcoz we got the long-awaited pork”.

The credit goes to all the agencies working behind to make it successful. Speaking to Inside Northeast, Convenor Mr Vitohe Chishi, said, “there are many organisations which have helped the quarantine centre”. He stated that the Nagaland State BJYM under the leadership of Mr. BENJAMIN YEPTHO, President has come forward to provide breakfast for all the inmates and management for 7 days. Earlier on the first day, welcome hamper and gift packs containing varieties of eatables, fruits stationeries, and other reading books were provided by various individuals. It is being organised by Western Sumi Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu WSBAK and Western Sumi Hoho WSH and the Centre is being managed by Sumi Covid 19 Committee headed by Mr. SUHUTO CHISHI Convenor. Sumi Totimi Hoho and its units have been tasked for the preparation and serving of foods for the inmates. Along with that the state govt has provided coats, pillows, which have maintained a top-level of cleanliness. The other Mokokchung quarantine is managed by the Covid19 task force under district administration.

But, there have also been challenges faced by the centre. “Intially it has been a challenge to discipline them. We also had technical failure and to bring in people to rectify it. But the local communities have helped”, said the convenor.

The story proves that with proper community support, good things are still possible to work if one has noble intentions.

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