CHITRAL: Quarantine centres spreading coronavirus: cleric
Known religious leader and khateeb of Shahi Bazaar Masjid Molana Israruddin Al-Hilal said the district administration of Lower Chitral is following double standards regarding precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus.
He said on the basis of like and dislike influential and people having connections were allowed to go home upon their return from outside Chitral without being quarantined while poor, labourers and law abiding persons were shifted to the so-called quarantine centres.
The arrangements at the quarantine centres are poor and healthy people are being kept with even those having symptoms of coronavirus. As a result, those not affected by the virus are also being infected in the quarantine centres.
To prove his point, he gave the example of his own nephew who was kept in quarantine and later a carrier of the virus was also kept with him in a room who later tested positive for the virus.
The inmates also had to use a single washroom and as a result of this his nephew also tested positive for the virus on April 27, he added.
Speaking at a press conference, Molana Hilal criticized the district administration and said due to its mismanagement the quarantine centres in Chitral, especially the commerce college hostel, have become the breeding ground fir the coronavirus.
He said the quarantine centres have no facilities and its management was not following the protocol and standards set by the government.
He warned that if anything happened to his nephew, the deputy commissioner of Lower Chitral and other officers would be responsible.
Molana Hilal also came down hard on the members of national and provincial assemblies and said Chitral was leaderless and there was no one to raise a voice for the rights of the poor.
He said if the administration is serious in checking the spread of the virus it should provide facilities to the inmates in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization and quarantine everyone without discrimination.–Muhkam Uddin Ayuni