In coronavirus quarantine centre, six-year old dies from snakebite in Uttarakhand

As there was a shortage of bed, the girl along with her family members had to sleep on the floor

PTIUpdated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 08:17 PM IST
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A six-year-old girl died of snakebite at a quarantine centre in the district following which three persons have been booked, a senior official said. The girl was sleeping along with her family on the floor at the quarantine centre for want of beds when the incident occurred in the early hours of May 25, Nainital District Magistrate (DM), Savin Bansal, said.

The girl was taken to the community health centre at Betalghat where she was declared dead, he said.

A vacant school building which was converted into a quarantine centre in Talli Sethi area of Betalghat is the place where the incident took place.

According to the inmates at the quarantine facility, the family had complained to Mr. Rajpal Singh about the risk of snakebite with thick bushes surrounding the centre, but he allegedly did not respond.

The family had been quarantined at the school building on its return from Delhi recently.

People lodged in quarantine centres in hilly areas have been complaining about dirty washrooms and shortage of water supply.

The death of the girl was a result of this mismanagement, other inmates at the centre charged. Mahesh Chandra, who has been quarantined at a primary school in the district, complained that toilets at the facility are dirty with little to no privacy owing to broken doors.

The tank is also infested with worms, he said.

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