DOOMDOOMA: Two persons died of COVID-19 at Doomdooma on Sunday and Monday respectively. They are Babli Ghose (37), wife of Bhanu Ghose of Uchamati area of the town, and Manoranjan Dhar (61), a resident of Vivekananda Xarani, Ward No.7.
Babli Ghose was admitted in Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh on May 7 for treatment but she succumbed to the virus there on May 10. On the other hand, Manoranjan Dhar was suffering from fever and respiratory distress for few days. He was tested positive in Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) done in a private hospital at Rupaisiding on Monday and was taken home in a 108 Ambulance. He reportedly died at home around 9 pm of May 10. Incidentally, Dhar had taken the first dose of vaccine. His body was cremated by the administration at Tinsukia on Tuesday by observing COVID protocol.
In view of the prevalent pandemic of COVID-19 infection in the tea garden areas of Doomdooma Circle, 31 Quarantine and Isolation Management Committees have been formed in all the 31 tea gardens of Doomdooma Revenue Circle. These committees were formed under the chairmanship of either the manager or any one among the Deputy Manager, Assistant Manager or the Labour Welfare Officer of the Tea Company. All tea garden school teachers, prominent citizens of the tea gardens, Health Assistants, Anganwadi and ASHA workers, three or four persons of students' union and the Line Chowkidars of the gardens are included in these committees as members. Moreover, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour Inspector, Labour Officer will also be the Nodal Officers of these committees.
These committees will look after sanitization of all tea garden lines, carry out awareness activities regarding COVID, appropriate behavior and will ensure that physical distance is strictly maintained in haat/bazaars, monitor quarantine and sanitization process, besides ensuring that all the tea garden workers wear mask and gloves while doing their duties in the tea gardens. These committees are authorized to file complaints to the local Police Stations in case any individual violates home quarantine and isolation guidelines. Such complaints will be converted to FIRs by the police authorities.
To discuss the quarantine and isolation procedures, a meeting was held at the Revenue Circle Office, Doomdooma on Monday with the Circle Officer Nandita Roy Gohain in the chair. In the meeting, the Circle Officer instructed the garden managers to identify isolated places in their tea garden areas to take care of COVID patients.