CHRO gives COVID-19 support to quarantine centers, IDPs
27 November 2020 – In response to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Chin State, the Chin Human Rights Organization in collaboration with local partners provided support and prevention materials for quarantine centres in four townships, Chin State.
The organization in partnership with Future Stars in Tonzang, Tedim Youth Fellowship in Tedim, Falam Youth Association in Falam and Thantlang Youth Association in Thantlang gave basic needs and awareness-raising materials for people being quarantined in respective towns.
“Since April 2020, we have been getting involved in COVID-19 response across Chin State. But the current August-December activity is being implemented in partnership with Local Resource Centre through the financial support of Access to Health Fund. At present, our focus is mainly on townships sharing an international border with India,” said Salai Van Biak Thang, CHRO project manager.
All the materials were handed over to the local quarantine centre committees to be distributed to those being quarantined. Chin State has seen a continuation of positive cases of COVID-19 since late March this year when the first patient was confirmed with a Chin US citizen in Tedim Township.
CHRO’s team is now in Sami distributing COVID-19 support materials to IDPs who have been taking shelter for months after having fled the ongoing conflict between Tatmadaw and Arakan Army.
“This is the third time we have made a trip to Sami to provide basic needs and awareness materials of COVID-19 for IDPs. Previous trips were made under Twe Let project funded by LIFT and implemented across Chin State in partnership with IOM. The needs are even more now as new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Paletwa recently,” Thang added.
Last Thursday, the Chin State Health Department said that four Yangon returnees to Paletwa had tested positive and had been isolated at quarantine places in the town.
According to the department as of early last week, there were 19 positive cases in the whole of Chin State, making it the total of 92 since March 2020.#