Area in Pasighat declared containment zone

PASIGHAT, 20 May: East Siang DC Dr Kinny Singh on Wednesday declared the area from the public bus stand to the HDFC Bank under Ward 7 here as a micro-containment zone.

All persons in the area have been put under home quarantine for 14 days, and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the area without the permission of the DMO and the SDO (sadar). Violators shall be prosecuted u/s 51 (b) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and u/s 188 of the IPC, warned the DC.

The Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC), under the supervision of the DMO/DSO has sanitized the area, and movement of people for essential items and other emergency services has been regulated.

Police/security guards have been deployed by the SP, but essential items required by the residents of the containment area are being provided by the DFCSO by coordinating with shopkeepers and home delivery firms, the DC said.

The DMO has been directed to collect samples of the primary and secondary contacts for Covid-19 tests as per the SOP.

Stressing on stricter vigil in the area, the DC suggested to all Covid-19 positive patients under home isolation to register themselves on the eSanjeevani OPD portal (, which provides online OPD consultation.

Meanwhile, the DC on Wednesday convened a virtual meeting with Pasighat West MLA Ninong Ering, SP Sumit Jha, DMO Dr Kaling Dai, DDSE J Yirang, DDMO G Tsomu, ZPC Olen Rome, PMC Chief Councillor Okiam Moyong Borang, and others regarding the Covid-19 situation in the district.

Ering commended the efforts of the district administration and the police in enforcing Covid appropriate behaviour, including wearing masks.

“As there is a spike in Covid cases everywhere, there should be no laxity in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, and lockdown may be enforced as a last resort,” he advised.

The SP gave assurance that the Covid guidelines would be properly implemented, and suggested intensifying testing in the district.

The DMO and the ZPC suggested that, after studying the situation, micro-containment zones may be declared, instead of a complete lockdown. The DMO also informed that mass testing and tracing campaign will start from 21 May. (DIPRO)