As the Government of Sikkim continues with evacuation process of thousands of Sikkimese stranded outside the state for this purpose additional free quarantine facility has been set up to accommodate the returnees. For the same resolution the South District Administration has converted some educational institutes into quarantine centres.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Ravangla
This distinguished institute has offered its infrastructure to the district authorities for setting up a quarantine facility. A total of eight hostels, four for boys and four for girls are being used at this Centre. Around 192 evacuees can be accommodated in these eight hostels making JNV, Ravangla the only establishment which can currently house
the highest number of quarantined people. Each hostel has two floors and in normal times a total of twenty-four people could have been accommodated but keeping in view the social distancing guidelines of COVID-19, twelve beds in each floor are being used. As a part of social responsibility, the principal and staff of JNV also renovated the hostel by painting it and fitting new doors. At present there are 189 inmates out of which 101 are males and 88 females. An ambulance from Ravangla PHC is also attached to the facility. This facility has the principal of JNV as the Incharge, doctors, nurses, security, caterers, volunteers and other staff are fixed as well for the smooth functioning. A swab collection chamber has also been set up.
Namchi Girls Senior Secondary School
This State Government School has been transformed into a quarantine facility, which has two dormitories for boys and girls respectively and one extra room for family. Currently, there are a total number of 24 females and 25 males who are undergoing the 14 days mandatory quarantine period. As for now, medical team consisting of doctor and nurses, security, sanitary and administrative staff are posted at the centre.
These two institutes are following the Standard operating procedure for all amenities including management of bio-medical waste. However, the evacuated returnees who are staying at educational institute can equally shoulder the responsibility and co-operate the district administration in smooth functioning. As a citizen of the State, they can support the front- line workers in many ways and make a habit of cleaning as the same infrastructure could be used by the students after proper disinfection and sanitization that is when this COVID-19 catastrophe will cease to end.