Imphal, May 29:
Many young people from Manipur who were living outside the state for years are returning to Manipur due to the rising spread of COVID 19 pandemic in other places of India. We also hear about irresponsible behaviour on the part of those who are returning to Manipur but Sagang Villagers have set an example how during this pandemic, people can be both responsible, maintaining due precaution and at the same time help a daughter fulfil her wish of seeing her father for the last time.
A young woman from Sagang Village, Saikot Constituency in Churachandpur returned from Chennai and reached Churachandpur on May 24. She reached the district level institutional quarantine centre at Sielmat Christian High School early morning. She talked to her father around 3 am in the morning and was happy thinking that she would be meeting her as they have not met for almost three years. But around 6 am on the same day she was informed that her 67 year old father suffered a heart attack and passed away. She being in a quarantine centre has not be able to meet her father while he was alive and also it seemed to her that she would not be able to attend even funeral even.
Acknowledging her grief, the village Chief and villagers of Sagang decided to help her see her father for the last time even if it was only for five minutes, with due precautions. The village chief sent for PPE and an ambulance to bring her from the quarantine centre, another PPE was provided by the Quarantine centre and she was brought to the village. When she reached her village, the ambulance was sanitized by the volunteers from the villages and she was allowed to see her father for the last time wearing a PPE. Later the place was sanitized. The village of Sagang, in this manner managed to fulfill the wish of the grieving daughter at the same time fight the pandemic.