Saturday, April 4, 2020

Coordination, cooperation and strict vigilance are the keys to contain COVID-19

TMI Desk

 GB Pant Hospital Port Blair, where blood samples is being taking. 

 ICMR Dollygunj, where collected samples is being tested. 

 COVID-19 Ward at GB Pant Hospital, where positive cases is being treated. 

Port Blair, April 01: Coordination between various departments during Lock-down: Andaman & Nicobar Administration is already started working in coordinative manner with its various departments, specifically, Health Department which plays a lead role during this period of time is doing an exceptional job, they must be fully equipped with complete protection kits, as they are the only persons who have to be in contact with confirmed infected persons during treatment; A&N Police, the front-line force which deals in controlling the people is also doing its best during the lock-down, of course wherever they find any violation of lock-down they must handle toughly, but not upon followers; Transport Department is providing services through its buses in every possible way for staffs of various departments who are working as front-line workers; PBMC workers are also among the front-line workers who maintain the city sanitized, should not face shortage of self protective kits for workers make use of them; Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs is also require to monitor the timely supply of goods to the private firms and FPS to manage the demand of supplies (LPG, Ration) to the public; and other departments too rendering their valuable services to make the Lock-down successful.

 Queues are maintained by male and female separately keeping above one meter social distancing.

 Lock-down affect: The roads which are found busy always in the heart of the city, is now seen empty.  

Cooperation of Public: Basically, the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are tolerant, but the sudden plan of administration i.e. door to door delivery system has put the public at concern in beginning of the 21 days Lock-down, as they know that in the municipal area they are already inhabiting in a congested areas that too with narrow pathways, where two persons cannot pass at one go is hard to get any door step services, which made the citizens run around grocery shops during the beginning of Lock-down. Officials A&N Administration too, after finding themselves incapable to serve the essential groceries at door steps of citizens, have granted permission to essential shops to open. With the continuous announcements about prevention and safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 by PBMC and 'Stay Home - Be Safe' slogans by A&N Police, the people now are become aware and maintaining social distancing.

 A&N Police at various barricades are strictly verifying the passages.  

Strict Vigilance: 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.

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