Traditional ritual to keep COVID-19 at bay

AALO, Mar 25: In a bid to keep COVID-19 at bay, the civil societies in West Siang district are resorting to traditional ritual of Ali-Ternam.

The mass ritual at district headquarters Aalo will start tonight as priest Mogi Ori will perform chanting from this evening to wee hours of 26th March and all kind of movements without exemptions will commence from 5pm on 26th to 5pm of 28th March.

Five different entry points at Gabu near Logum Jini, Patum near Biru, Piggo near Keak, Hill Geko near Nyorak and Essi Tamen will be sealed completely. All walks of people have been appealed to cooperate for successful conduct of the ritual.

Meanwhile, a team comprising of magistrate, doctors and police had detailed screening of 17 jail inmates for Covid-19 and visited quarantine places where people who recently came from outside the state were kept.

The encouraging trend in rural areas is that people themselves are not allowing even their kith and kins from direct entry into the village unless quarantined in district headquarters where more health facilities exist.

The district administration under the leadership of DC Swetika Sachan is closely monitoring the situation and SP Jummar Basar is in the field with his boys to impose the total shutdown order.