Tuesday, March 31, 2020

10 persons were tested COVID-19 positive till now in A&N Islands; results of more suspected cases awaited

Test results of 5 persons reported negative
Results of 17 suspected cases awaited
Health of all 10 positive persons normal & stable

     Port Blair, Mar 31: The designated laboratory for COVID-19 in A&N Islands, RMRC–ICMR, Dollygunj was submitted samples of 22 suspects, out of which the test results of 5 persons have been reported by the lab as negative. Test results of the rest 17 suspected cases are awaited. It is pertinent to mention that till date, the UT has conducted test of 119 persons, out of which test of 10 persons were positive while of 109 were negative. The health of all 10 positive persons are normal and stable.
      In this regard, the Department of Health & Family Welfare is listing the contacts of confirmed cases who were picked up from Mohanpura Mosque and Aberdeen Bazaar Mosque where they were put on home quarantine. Moreover, the District Administration is also carrying out an intensive screening of all the households pertaining to the 3 Km radius of houses of these confirmed cases. The people who are having cold, cough and fever are being listed as suspected cases and being sent to the laboratory for testing. Presently, 304 persons are under institutional quarantine in 17 guest houses / private hotels. Besides that, 1298 people are under home quarantine. The Administration is closely observing the health conditions of these people and in case they develop any symptoms of cough, cold and fever their samples will be sent to the lab for testing.
     The people of the Islands therefore have been requested to inform the Health Department on its helpline 102, if they observe any symptoms of cold, cough and fever in home quarantine persons.
     The general public have been urged to cooperate with the ongoing House to House screening of suspected cases and remain in their houses during the lockdown period to ensure prevention of the spread of virus in the Islands, an official communication said here today.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lt. Governor urges people to keep patience & cooperate with Administration in dealing with the situation

A&N Administration making best efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 in Isles
Lt. Governor urges people to keep patience & cooperate with Administration in dealing with the situation

Port Blair, Mar 28
     The A&N Administration is taking all possible measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Islands. In this connection, the Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) through an audio message to the Islanders broadcast over the AIR today, urged them to maintain their self confidence and patience to face the challenges in this testing times. He also called upon the people to cooperate with the Administration in dealing with the situation.
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     However, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Islands grew to 9 from earlier 6, by the evening of March 28, 2020. 

3 more cases found COVID-19 positive; total positive cases reached to 9 in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Mar 28
       The designated laboratory for COVID-19 in A&N Islands, RMRC-ICMR, Dollygunj has reported 03 more cases tested positive for COVID-19 out of 06 samples sent yesterday. It is pertinent to mention that the persons who reported positive were from the same group which came from Delhi on 24.03.2020 by Vistara and Indigo flights. The Administration has taken steps to listing the contact details of these infected persons for which the teams have already been mobilized by the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman. The infected persons have already been admitted to G B Pant Hospital for treatment. All infected persons are normal and they are responding to all queries put by contact listing teams of G B Pant Hospital. Now the total number of cases of COVID-19 are 09 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Finally, Administration grants permission to open all groceries, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, bakery & pharmaceutical shops in the Islands

Sales to be regulated by observing mandatory social distancing

Port Blair, Mar 28
      The Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. The A&N Administration is also taking all possible measures to contain the spread of the disease in the Islands. In order to provide all essential commodities to people, the Administration, over the last four days, has been encouraging the door to door supply of essential commodities in terms of the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs including the measures of social distancing.
     However, the retailers tasked with ensuring door step delivery of essential supplies found it very challenging to cater to the huge volume of demand received from the public for supplies. To address the grievances arising out of this situation, permission to open all shops of essential items have been granted by the Administration. The customers have to mandatorily observe the measures for social distancing while coming to purchase essential items.
 In this connection, the following orders have been passed by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration with immediate effect:
  The essential goods/commodities would include groceries, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, drinking water, bakery products and pharmaceuticals. The sale of the same would be duly regulated on the ground by way of strict observance of social distancing measures by the Police.
·       General public would be allowed to access use of ATMs, Post Offices and Banks duly observing the social distancing norms by the Police.
·        The exceptions as applicable in the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding petroleum products will also be hence forth applicable.
       The Chief Secretary has also ordered that the SOP for maintaining supply of essential goods as issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and other related instructions should be fully complied with, an official order said to this effect said here today.

Friday, March 27, 2020

MP sanctions Rs. 1 Cr. under MPLAD fund towards purchase of essential items to combat COVID-19 in Isles

Port Blair, Mar 27
      The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has sanctioned Rs.1,00,00,000/- under MPLAD fund towards purchase of essential items to combat COVID-19 in A&N Islands. This fund can be utilized for the purchase of essential items viz. infrared thermometer, thermal imaging scanner, setting up of isolation / quarantine ward with desired facilities, purchase of mask, sanitizer, gloves and personal protection equipments besides any other facilities recommended by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India and Directorate of Health Services, A&N Administration, mentioned the MP in his letter addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman in this regard, a communication said.

President and Vice President hold discussions with Governors, LGs and Administrators of States & UTs on COVID-19 response

New Delhi, Mar 27
     The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, along with the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, today held a video-conference with all Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to find ways to complement the efforts of the Government of India and the State Governments in meeting the challenges arising from the outbreak of COVID-19. Preparedness / measures regarding COVID-19 were reviewed during this video-conference.
     The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) also participated in the video conferencing.
     The President began the conference by exhorting to the collective strength of the society and urged Governors, LGs and Administrators to mobilize volunteers of Indian Red Cross society, voluntary and religious organizations to contain the menace at the earliest.
    President Shri Kovind and Vice President Shri Naidu expressed hope that the Indian society’s inherent strength of “sharing and caring” and the government’s measures would mitigate the sufferings of the most vulnerable sections of the society, particularly the workers of the unorganised sectors and the destitute.    
     The video conference was conducted by the Vice President and it brought out the best practices initiated by various States to mitigate the people’s plight while enforcing the lock down in the country.
     The discussions related to the status of COVID-19 in the States, the role of the Red Cross with focus on vulnerable sections, and the role of civil society/voluntary organisations in complementing the efforts of the Union and State governments to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, especially with the lockdown and other challenges emerging from the evolving situation.
        While summing up the conference, President Shri Kovind urged everyone to hold regular stock-taking with the state government and make contributions in a way that the battle again the Coronavirus could be taken to a logical end. He also said that based on these experiences, the best practices can be emulated in other parts of the country.  

5 more cases as COVID-19 positive; total 6 positive cases in A&N Islands; One hotel of 42 rooms designated as COVID-19 hospital in Port Blair

Port Blair, Mar 27
    The designated laboratory for COVID-19 in A&N Islands, RMRC-ICMR, Dollygunj has confirmed 05 (Five) more cases as positive for Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The persons who are tested positive are also part of the same group which came from Vistara flight from Delhi and Indigo flight from Chennai on 24.03.2020. The Administration has already started the process of contact tracing which interalia includes of co-passengers of the flights, the police officials and the medical team who screened them at airport and also the staff of ambulance which transported them to G B Pant Hospital isolation facility.
    Yesterday the Administration submitted 24 suspected cases for testing out of which 05 (Five) cases were reported as positive. Therefore, out of 60 suspected samples only 06 (Six) cases reported positive. It is pertinent to mention that these 06 (Six) cases did not intermingle with local people and transported directly from Airport to Quarantine / Isolation facility at G B Pant Hospital. The Health parameters of all the confirmed cases are normal and they are responding to all queries being asked by the contact tracing team constituted. It is pertinent to mention that Deputy Commissioner (SA) has constituted 75 teams for contact tracing from Rural Development Department, Panchayati Raj and Revenue Development who are covering 25 houses each assigned to them for contact tracing. Similar committees have been constituted in North & Middle Andaman and Car Nicobar Districts.
    The Administration has also made elaborate arrangements for isolation/ quarantine for persons who are suspicious of having infection of COVID-19. Isolation wards have been setup at GB Pant Hospital (48 Beds), INHS Dhanvantri (15 Beds) and PHC Chouldari (15 beds) for treatment. Isolation/ quarantine facilities have been created in Govt. Guest Houses and private hotels for asymptomatic suspicious cases. At present there are 280 rooms with attached bathroom for asymptomatic suspicious cases. One Hotel of 42 rooms is designated as COVID-19 hospital for symptomatic suspicious cases in Port Blair.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

One case confirmed positive for Novel Corona Virus disease in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Mar 26
     The designated laboratory for COVID-19 in A&N Islands, RMRC-ICMR, Dollygunj has confirmed one case positive for Novel Corona Virus Disease. The person belongs to Mayabunder Tehsil of North & Middle Andaman District of A&N Islands.
       It is to inform that a group of 13 people travelled to Vishakhapatnam in the month of February 2020. Thereafter, on 18.03.2020 they travelled to Delhi and remained in Delhi till 24.03.2020. On 24.03.2020, 6 persons travelled back to Port Blair by Vistara Flight (UK 747) and 1 person by Indigo Flight (6E 6005). Persons who have shown mild symptoms were taken to G B Pant Hospital Isolation facility. Samples were drawn on 25.03.2020 and one person was declared as tested positive on 26.03.2020.
       The Administration is tracking the contact details as were made by the infected person and also taking up screening of co-passengers along with the Police and Medical team at Airport, and also the persons who had travelled with him in Ambulance to hospital. It is further informed that the G B Pant Hospital Isolation Ward have all the facilities to take care of infected person as well as equipments to protect health care worker from the infection, a press release issued by Principal Secretary (Health) said here today.

PBMC starts doorstep delivery of grocery to people

COVID-19; PBMC starts doorstep delivery of grocery to people
Home delivery outside municipal areas & supply of ANIIDCO milk
Movement of LPG trucks streamlined to meet public demand

Port Blair, Mar 26
In the wake of restrictions placed on free movement due to the threat of spread of COVID-19, the A&N Administration has undertaken the task to initiate doorstep delivery of essential items. Accordingly, the doorstep delivery of grocery items kick started in PBMC area today (March 26). Demands were received from various households by respective Councilors or designated PBMC employees. The same were forwarded to the retail shop identified to service each ward. The packets were made as per the orders and the home deliveries were made. The door-step delivery is likely to get fast paced from the second day of its launch.
    The doorstep delivery of groceries has now been broadened by including all essential items on demand like baby food, milk powder, soaps, etc.
    The doorstep delivery of essential items shall start outside PBMC area in the entire South Andaman District from 27.03.2020. People can place their demand with respective Pradhans who shall in turn place the demand with identified retail shops whose details shall be published in the Daily Telegrams. North & Middle Andaman District shall put the same mechanism in operation by 28.03.2020.
    ANIIDCO shall also begin home delivery of toned milk in PBMC area from 27.03.2020 at 6.30 am by 5 vehicles engaged on different routes to cater to the public demand for milk. A maximum of 2 packets of milk shall be supplied to each household initially. The doorstep delivery of milk will continue on a daily basis till April 14, 2020.
     General public is appealed to not to step out of their homes to receive the supplies. People engaged in doorstep delivery shall approach each house and exchange the commodity with money from the customers. In the interest of safety of all, adequate social distancing is mandatory. In case of any irresponsible behavior, the home delivery services shall be reviewed and shall be liable for discontinuation.
   The movement of trucks carrying LPG cylinders has been streamlined and all consumer demands shall be met satisfactorily. General public has been appealed to not to panic. Enough provisions are available to cater to the demands of all the people. The home delivery mechanism needs full cooperation and support of people to achieve its objective while keeping the threat of COVID-19 at bay.

Distribution of medicines at doorsteps

General public can contact phone numbers of pharmacists for medicines

Port Blair, Mar 26
In view of the orders under the National Disaster Management Act 2005, imposed by the A&N Administration to implement norms of social distancing to prevent spread of COVID-19, the Administration has issued directions for supply of essential medicine with tele-consultation with doctors. In addition to this other patient who are regularly taking medicine of hypertension, ulcer, diabetes, thyroid etc., can contact the following numbers:-
102 or 03192-232102
Shir. Muthamal, Pharmacist
K.V Suvisehan, Pharmacist
Shri. Ravi Chandran, Pharmacist
Shri. Nagendran, Pharmacist

The patients can send their prescription details like Name, Registration No., Phone No., Medicine requirement to any one of these via Whatsapp or SMS. The designated staff shall collect medicine from the pharmacy at GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair and distribute the same to the patient at their door step. The same shall be applicable for requirement of sanitary pads usually available at the Jan-Aushadi Kendra.
      Similar, arrangement shall be made available in North & Middle Andaman and Nicobar from 27.03.2020. Patients are required to seek tele- consultation with doctors of their nearest PHCs or CHCs for availing required services.
   The Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have also come forward to join the initiative of the Administration to ensure supply of essential medicines. The following is the list of pharmacies (enclosed) that can be contacted for home delivery of medicine & sanitary pads.

Mr. K. Srinivas Rao
Near Clock Tower Aberdeen Bazaar
Mr.S. Suresh
Near Ratna Market Aberdeen Bazaar
Mr. B. Dinesh Kumar
Babu Lane, Aberdeen Bazaar
Mr. Murgan Rajan
Nayagaon, Port Blair
Mr. M. Abdul Majeed
Delanipur Junction
Mr. P.K Anish
Mr. Sanjay M.S
Opp. Mini Zoo Haddo
Mr. Mohamed Rafiq
Prem Nagar
Mr. R . Jaya Kumar
Goal Ghar
Mr. S. Ramaswamy
Mr. Shankar Bala
Bathu Basti
Mr. Arularasan
Bathu Basti A&N Co-Op Bank
Mr. Rakesh Halder
Chouldari village
Mr. Vibha Chourasia
Mr. Amit Kumar surin
Mr. Nilkantha Rao
Garacharma-2 Near Canara Bank
Mr. R. Kasiraman
Opp. SBI ATM Prothrapur Chowk, Port Blair S/Andaman
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Gupta
Near State Co-Op Bank Ltd. Shadipur
Mr. Saghbhar Sadique
Mr. D. Sreenivas Rao
Shop No. 6 Municipal Market, Dairy Farm