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Parsi McPassFace is a Zoroastrian trying to pass off as a Scotsman :-) But seriously - a very exciting announcement, can't wait to see it in action.

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This is an account of the inhumane, inconsiderate treatment that a relative of mine got from the Indian immigration authority, on account of vaccination.

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To: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
​copied to: 
Dr Pranab Mukherji, President of India
Mrs ​Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs
Mr J P Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare
Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP, Kerala


Subject: An appeal to rectify a flawed quarantine policy

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

On return from Argentina on April 1, 2015, we were stopped at the Kochi airport for not having a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, and quarantined till April 6 in the Yellow Fever (YF) quarantine facility located near terminal 3 of the Delhi Airport. Despite mosquito netting on windows, there was a constant supply of mosquitoes into the room. If we did have YF, we would have spread it to the few staff present. And if another quarantined person in the building had YF, we could have got infected just because of the quarantine.

During the quarantine, not once were we medically examined by a doctor or a nurse, to even check if we had a fever, not even when we were being “released”. So, if we did have YF, we could have taken it with us and spread the disease wherever we went once we left the facility.

We were privileged, having lived abroad in academic professions for three decades, and having traveled across the world, to have had the mental resources to face the challenge, and the financial resources to not be bankrupted by the expenses imposed by the quarantine. However, this is not the case with all who undergo the quarantine. A quarantined gentleman we met at the facility, who was released the day after we arrived, was in Sudan to look for a job, found one, and came home briefly see his young family before joining. He was whisked away for six days, with his entire savings and more wiped out by the quarantine expenses, which included air travel from Kochi to Delhi and back, and food and rent for the six days. He said, “My life has been destroyed.”

It is imperative that the government takes steps to prevent its citizens from going through such ordeals. At the URL below is a detailed version of our experience. Also given are suggestions for a solution to avoid such situations in future.

https://quarantineordeal.wordpress.com/

We hope you will find the time and patience to read and implement them.

Thank you for your attention.

Dr K P Mohanan (PhD, MIT, Cambridge, USA) Visiting Professor, IISER-Pune
​and​
Dr Tara Mohanan (PhD, Stanford University, California, USA)

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There's an on online quiz for schools on right now. If you are one, or know one, get them on this: http://www.learnnext.com/user/onlineQuiz.htm

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If you have some free time on Sunday Nov 16, take this online quiz

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The countdown for Kaikuu, Hyderabad's biggest quiz fest, in on. Will you make it?

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Susan Sauter doing unbelievable things with a harmonica
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