Melli, 22nd May (IPR): A total of 439 returnees belonging to South and West Sikkim travelling from Bengaluru arrived at Melli screening centre, today. The crowd consisted of a mix of students, patients, medical workers and others.
It may be mentioned that the transport of the stranded Sikkimese from the Southern part of the country was facilitated by a special train that transported a total of 814 people from Bengaluru to NJP. Thereafter, they were transported in SNT buses from NJP railway station to the two border checkposts of Melli and Rangpo.
Upon their arrival, the 268 stranded returnees from South and 209 from West were screened as per the said medical standards and found to be asymptomatic. Thereafter, they have been sent to the various quarantine centres set-up across the two districts. Further, a total of 15 people opted for paid quarantine while 253 of the returnees will be putting up at the free quarantine centres under South district.
The entire screening exercise was overseen by SDM Jorethang Shri. Ram Bahadur Bhandari in the presence of CMO (South) Dr. D.C.Sharma in coordination with other medical officials and staff of South and West District. The screening centre also had the presence of police personnel, health workers, volunteers and traffic police personnel.