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.