By Arré Bench Jun. 19, 2020
According to reports, Manas Patra spent a week in a quarantine home before being asked to leave, and spend another week in isolation at his own home. With no other alternative, and six at-risk family members in his home, Patra decided to move into a toilet close to his home. He spent seven days inside.
The coronavirus pandemic has left a large part of this country in quarantine for months. While most of us have been struggling through this phase of self-isolation, even from the comfort of our own homes, for one Odisha man, this period has been particularly tough.
A 28-year-old man who was sent back to his home state Odisha from Tamil Nadu, where he was working, had to quarantine inside a newly built toilet, after his request for extension of stay in his institutional quarantine was rejected.
28-year-old returnee from Tamil Nadu spends 7 days inside toilet as he did not have enough space at home for self-isolation and was denied extension of stay at institutional quarantine centre in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district: Official
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) June 17, 2020
According to reports, Manas Patra spent one week in the quarantine home before he was asked to leave, and spend another week in isolation at his own home.
However, since he didn’t have enough space in his house in Jamugaon village, he asked that he be allowed to stay back, a request that was refused.
The state government has mandated that those returning home from other states must undergo seven days’ institutional quarantine, after which asymptomatic persons will be discharged to undergo home quarantine for a further period of seven days.
With no other alternative, and six at-risk family members in his home, Patra decided to move into a toilet close to his home. He spent seven days from June 9 to 15 in the 6×8 toilet that was recently built under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
‘TOILET Quarantine’ in #Odisha
– Manas Patra(returnee from #TamilNadu),was admitted to Temporary Medical Camp(TMC) in Jagatsinghpur for 7 days.Then advised 1 week of home isolation
-No space at home,he requested extension at TMC, but denied.Took shelter in Swachh Bharat toilet pic.twitter.com/jyhb0t7Os3
— Tazeen Qureshy (@TazeenQureshy) June 18, 2020
The sarpanch of his village was quoted as saying that Patra was discharged from the government-run institution because he was asymptomatic but said that an investigation will be carried out into why his request to stay on was refused.
It’s shocking that a migrant youth has been forced to home quarantine himself for 7days inside a toilet as his request for extension of stay in institutional quarantine was turned down. It exposes failure of Odisha Govt’s #COVID19 management.@INCOdisha https://t.co/HIieVxdjle
— Biswaranjan Mohanty (@Biswaranjaniyc) June 18, 2020
Earlier in May, disputed reports had indicated that another migrant labourer couple in Madhya Pradesh were made to quarantine in a toilet in Guna district.
The pandemic has put a lot of pressure on authorities to ensure that suspected patients have the space to quarantine, as well as access to healthcare. As cases continue to rise, the least that can be done is ensure that no one has to spend this time in a toilet.