Kolkata: For eight days a quarantine centre in Haldia, East Midnapore district, remained uncleaned because of the refusal by safai workers to do the job. Despite being assured of proper safeguards and counselling to allay their fears, they remained unmoved.
Kishor Biswas, the Deputy Magistrate of Haldia sub-division, himself volunteered to do the job himself, of the trade centre named after Satish Samanta, a revolutionary of the district.
Biswas is in charge of the centre where several hundred are quarantined although many have also been released. The conservancy workers are afraid that there may be positive coronavirus cases among those in the quarantine centre, which is already smelling of stench.
The young deputy magistrate, a WBCS officer, put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) dress and then stepped in with a spade to do the job himself. Other employees joined him in the task. His colleagues elsewhere have stated that his example was what needed at this hour.
Biswas has also earned praise from doctors attending to the COVID-19 patients, who said that seniors on the frontline would naturally instil confidence in juniors in these times.
West Bengal has seen five deaths due to the coronavirus. There are a total of 110 positive cases in the State. The total infected cases in India have surpassed 8,500 with the death toll soaring past 250. Globally, the pandemic situation continues to worsen with almost 1.8 million cases and over 1.1 fatalities.