Inmates complain of unhygienic conditions in B'la quarantine centres

Inmates at different quarantine facility centres here on Friday complained of poor facilities and improper arrangements at the facilities.

A group of students quarantined at one of the centers here said more than a dozen person have been forced to stay in each room of the centre.

They complained about unhygienic conditions of washrooms and accused the government of not providing the inmates masks and hand sanitizers.

The returnees mostly students have been adjusted in different schools in Baramulla which have been designated as quarantine centres.

“I am here for past five days and I regret why I returned from Bangalore. It is so unhygienic here that we fear contracting infection,” another inmate said.

He said the officers assigned as nodal officers at the centres give a “rosy picture” about the situation to the higher authorities. “But this is far from truth. The authorities should visit these centres at least once to have the firsthand assessment of the situation,” the student said.

Another student said those who raise their voices against poor arrangements were threatened of consequences.

Another group of students who returned from outside state and were sent to administrative quarantine in the town complained that the centre sans “all facilities,” putting their lives at risk.

“We don’t demand high-end facilities but at least we deserve the basic facilities,” a student said.

He said the centre has one washroom for over 170 students and the rooms they are living in have no latches attached.

“It is really difficult for us to spend 14 days at this centre given the lack of facilities and poor arrangements,” another student said.

The students said they have apprehensions about falling sick due to other ailments given the unhygienic conditions in the centre. “Administration is dealing with the issue insensitively,” the student said.

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, G N Itoo said the administration was providing “all basic facilities at the quarantine centres.”