Quarantine centre inmates protest lack of facilities

CHITRAL: A quarantine centre inmates in Chitral town on Thursday evening refused to take food in protest against lack of safety measures and facilities.

Quarantine centre inmates protest lack of facilities The inmates of the quarantine at the Govt Commerce College hostel chanted slogans and threw out food packs.

These people were kept on 14-day quarantine after their arrival on different occasions from cities of the country.

They started the protest after one of the inmates, Sanaullah, tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and was shifted to the isolation unit at District Headquarters Hospital.

The protesters said Sanaullah had been sharing washroom and a room with other inmates and could have spread the virus in the quarantine.

They said people were kept on quarantine at the centre beyond its capacity. They demanded that they should be shifted to some other centre.

The inmates also said 19 of the 53 people at the centre had already spent 17 days on quarantine against the mandatory 14 days but they were not being sent home.

Seven of the inmates belonging to Garam Chashma were demanding that they should be shifted to their own area.

ChitralToday has learnt that after Sanaullah tested positive for the virus, samples of other people staying at the centre with him were not sent for test.

Deputy Commissioner Naveed Ahmed said the inmates would be released from the centre after their results results are received from the lab in Peshawar.–Bashir Hussain Azad

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