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Manipur village builds 80 quarantine huts in a day, complete with toilets and electricity

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New Delhi: Residents of Tungjoy, a village in Manipur’s Senapati district, built 80 bamboo huts in a single day to quarantine residents who will be returning from outside the state.

The huts, spread out in a scenic location, are separated into three groups — for those returning from red, orange and green zones. Fences are also constructed at the boundaries of these zones to control the movement of people.

There are three information centres, where young people will be deployed to get details of people coming from different zones.

Each hut, meant for one person, is fitted with a bed, electricity, including a charging socket, a separate toilet and a gas table.

Tungjoy Village Authority Council Chairman M.S. Marcus said that there are around 100 villagers staying outside the state at present.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and several others took to Twitter earlier this week to laud the villagers for their work.

A 2,364-km-long journey

After they were left with no livelihood or money following the nationwide lockdown announced on 24 March, Santosh Bora and two of his friends from Assam decided to walk 2,364 kilometres from Amritsar to Guwahati.

The three men had walked for days with little to eat, when Bora’s friends died. If that wasn’t enough, the 20-year-old was also robbed of his belongings, including his mobile phone. He was found on the footpath near the New Delhi railway station by a Times of India reporter earlier this week.

“Among the three of us, only I had a phone. When I lost all these things, I no longer had any way to inform our families about the tragic events,” Bora said.

He was subsequently rescued by officials of the Assam government, following a directive from the state’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

ICMR gives nod to Nagaland’s first virology lab

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given its approval to Nagaland’s first virology laboratory at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). Kesonyu Yhome, Nagaland’s health secretary, has said that the bio-safety laboratory level-3 (BSL-3) received ICMR approval based on the “validation of documentation and quality control test run”.

Yhome had earlier also said that certified experts from the state, including a senior specialist and four research scientists, will be engaged in the laboratory. Microbiologists and other specialists will also be assigned per requirement.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland government has said that it will give Rs 10,000 to each person who decides not to return to the state right now. The plea, asking stranded citizens to not return unless absolutely necessary, comes in the wake of the central government’s announcement on movement of special trains from Delhi and other major cities.

This, the Nagaland government has said, affected the state’s plan of bringing back citizens in a staggered manner, due to limited resources and quarantine facilities.

3 Northeastern states have lowest infant mortality rates in India

Nagaland, Mizoram and Sikkim are in the top three spots for recording the lowest infant mortality rate (IMR) in India during the 2019-20 fiscal, according to the latest Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin.

With just four deaths every 1,000 live births, Nagaland has the lowest IMR in the country, followed by Mizoram with an IMR of five. Sikkim, along with Goa and Kerala, occupies the third place, with an IMR of seven.

With a 10-point drop in IMR in the last fiscal (from 15 to 5 per cent), Mizoram is also the best performing state in the country. In 2016-17, the state had recorded 21 per cent IMR, with 405 infants dying before the age of one. In the past three years, Mizoram has achieved a 27-point drop in IMR.

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