Thursday, May 27, 2021

Administration is not going to restrict passenger flight services: Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh; Citizens feel it might be a big blunder by the A&N Administration


TMI Correspondent

Port Blair, May 26: The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh in the press conference at IP&T today said that 2 flights with 283 passengers arrived here and samples for RTPCR test was taken from all passengers and asked the passengers to remain in home quarantine. He further informed that it has been decided to check passengers for COVID-19 with Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) instead of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), as RTPCR is considered more accurate laboratory method for detecting COVID-19 infections. Answering a query by scribes, the Secretary (IP&T) said A&N Administration don't have any such plan to stop passenger flight services as of now.

On the other hand, citizens of these islands demand to keep restrictions on passenger flight services too, apart from the complete lockdown imposed in South Andaman to keep a check on the growing numbers of Covid-19 cases. A&N Administration has imposed a complete lockdown upto May 31, 2021 for the safety of islanders by restricting internal movement of vehicle, boats and unnecessary movement of public. Consequently, many labourers, auto drivers, petty businessmen, street vendors and private works are facing difficulty in managing their ends meet during lockdown period. Some opine that, the Administration would have closed the flight operations by looking at the explosion of Covid-19 cases in mainland India since April as the second wave stronger variant of Covid-19 is taking a tough toll on the people.

Citizens further allege that, "the passenger flight services are continued unaffectedly, and  approximately 2 to 4 flights are flying with about 300 to 400 passengers daily, which is of great  concern for the islanders. As the virus is not germinated in these A&N Islands, but carried from outside, and it is mutating strongly and if once any further stronger variant enters into these islands the situation may change drastically here by no fault of islanders".

"As the RTPCR is considered more accurate laboratory method for detecting COVID-19 infections, but it takes time to get the test report of it, till then the passengers are allowed to go home and asked to remain quarantine may turn to be a big blunder by the A&N Administration. As we are aware that the Administration has kept around 5583 isolation beds readily available in the South Andaman District, then why can't the Administration manage the isolation beds for passengers until the result of the report comes out?", the citizens questions the Administration.

Some sections in the society says, "in view of the pandemic situation we have alerted ourselves and trying as much as possible to refrain from moving outside, and we are not even thinking about air travel. But, who are they and what is the purpose during this pandemic travelling by flights?"

Citizens’ Corner 27/05/2021

* Kudos to the A&N Administration for being prepared to manage not only Lockdown situation but also Yaas Cyclonic in the A&N Islands amid pandemic. Around 40 trees were fell down during Yaas Cyclone and one died.

* This is the golden opportunity for law enforcement agencies in our country, as Lockdown is imposed due to COVID-19 at most of the territories all over India. Any absconding or other criminals cannot be moved from places where they are and Police can trace and detain them easily to resume a healthy society after pandemic in the national interest.

* Some people are carelessly making plans to travel by air. On the other side Coronavirus is smartly mutating itself to reach every possible human being with a strong variant to infect. However, some section of islanders demand to restrict incoming and outgoing passenger flights until the situation come to ease. But, administration is not taking it seriously, but keep checking at the gateway of COVID-19 infection.

* Even after many initiatives taken since initial stage to put control in surge of Covid-19 cases by the administration, finally the situation come to affect the labourers in the islands again as the restrictions in Complete Lockdown is not letting earn their essential bread.

* There are many intruders, by producing West Bengal's Identity cards entered into these islands as labours, and Security Agency has unchecked their return after contract and failed to send them back on time. Consequently, politically influenced people as Ex-MP, some Pradhans and Councillors helped them to arrange required Local Identity Cards to convert as islanders to strengthen their vote banks in Andaman Islands from Diglipur to Little Andaman.

Mobile team is on the move conducting RAT test of symptomatic and ILI/ SARI/suspect cases



 
Port Blair, May 26: The South Andaman District Administration is relentlessly working for preventing the surge of Covid-19 cases in the district. In this regard administration has initiated mobile Rapid Antigen Testing in the district.

The mobile RAT team is on the move conducting RAT test of symptomatic and ILI/ SARI/suspect cases in the entire South Andaman District, covering all the areas Port Blair and surrounding rural areas.

The mobile teams conducted tests at Gopal Nagar and Chouldhari on 24.05.2021. And on 25.05.2021 they have conducted the tests at Wandoor. Testing of these symptomatic cases is required for effective monitoring and treatment of the patients. Regular follow up of these patients is being carried out by the doctors in the DC control room, who monitor heart rate, SpO2 & other symptoms of the patients twice a day. Administration requests public to give correct information for effective follow up and treatment.

Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA),SDM(SA) and AC(UT) inspected the mobile team at Wandoor today and interacted with the doctors, paramedic staff and Ex-PRI members. During the interaction the DC(SA) appreciated the dedication and devotion with which the mobile team is performing the daunting task in this pandemic.

The Administration requests support and cooperation of public to fight COVID-19 pandemic especially in these adverse cyclonic weather.

District Administration in its continuous efforts to provide relief and assistance to the people in containment zones


 
Port Blair, May 26: The District Administration in its continuous efforts to provide relief and assistance to the people during the pandemic has taken various pro-active steps to ensure that people feel secure and safe. In this connection the District Administration took first hand stock of the situation in containment zones, functioning of Primary Health Centre at Tushnabad and distributed ration kits to daily wage earners at Wimberlygunj and Kanyapuram in collaboration with NGO.

Continuing with the field visit to assess the situation at ground level, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA) and the SDM(SA) visited the recently declared containment zones in Manpur, Wright Myo and Collinpur. During the visit he directed the officials engaged in containment duties to ensure that the supply of essential commodities such as grocery, medicine and other essentials are not hindered. Further it was directed to make sure that the public movement in and out of the containment zone to be minimized.

Further the team visited the Primary Health Centre at Tushnabadand took stock of the facilities and preparedness of the Centre in tackling the pandemic. The DC(SA) and SDM also inspected the functioning of the Mobile Testing Team conducting the Rapid Antigen Test, of ILI/SARI cases. The DC(SA) interacted with the Mobile Testing Team and directed them to identify the cases in the areas to ensure the safety of public.

They later visited Wimberley Gunj and Kanyapuramvillage and distributed ration to the daily wage earners which was organised and donated by SKSSF Foundation, an NGO. Taking cue from this, he appealed to other Civil Society Organisations to come forward and provide relief and assistance to the needy families.

In view of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the District, DC(SA) appealed to the general public for their support and requested them to stay home for the safety of their family and society at large and also sought their co-operation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

4258 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years vaccinated till date in Isles

Port Blair, May 26: The vaccination drive is continuing smoothly in A&N Islands and so far, a total of 4258 eligible people in the age group of 18 to 44 years were vaccinated till date.  As per the data received, altogether, 315 persons in the age group of 18 to 44 years were vaccinated in South Andaman today while 282 persons were vaccinated in North & Middle Andaman.

   Similarly, a total of 617 beneficiaries both in the age group of 18-44 years and 45 and above were vaccinated today. In South Andaman, 335 beneficiaries were vaccinated while in North and Middle Andaman, 282 people were inoculated. With this, a total of 1,22,608 doses of vaccines have been administered so far in A&N Islands.

   Meanwhile, the online registration for the vaccination is done through CoWIN portal and Aarogya Setu App. Online registration is mandatory and no on-site registration is being done and people have been advised to reach the centres as per the time schedule provided to the beneficiaries through the App. In South Andaman, the vaccination is being done at JNRM Vaccination Centre between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm. The general public have been requested to follow COVID Appropriate Behavior while going for vaccination. 

Administration reviews the next phase of package IV

 

On 25.05.2021 at Raj Niwas, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency alongwith Shri Jitendra Narain, Chief Secretary and other senior officers of A & N Administration reviewed the next phase of package IV, comprising 12 Mega tourism / hospitality PPP Projects being implemented through ANIIDCO in this UT with the support of NITI Aayog. Consultants have been appointed and the RFP for the same is being expedited.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Befitting measures taken by Administration to deal with COVID-19; Health Services has upgraded its steadfastness

TMI Correspondent

 Port Blair, May 19: The A&N Administration has taken several measures to bring under control the number of COVID positive cases in these Islands and to effectively deal with the situation, all necessary infrastructures have been provided. The per capita doctors availability in A&N Islands is the highest in the country, as there is one doctor for 1152 patients which is better than the national average of one doctor for 15,011 patients. This was stated by Secretary, IP&T, Shri Sunil Kumar Singh while addressing a COVID-19 media briefing held in the conference hall of IP&T on May 18. Elaborating on the number of beds per 1000 population, he said, 3.22 beds per 1000 population are available in the Islands. Altogether, 6376 beds have been created for the COVID patients and it is being used as per the requirement, he said adding that the number of total COVID beds having oxygen supply is 68.83 % which is also the highest in the country.

The Secretary further disclosed that the Islands have sufficient number of Oxygen Concentrators and Oxygen Cylinders. "We have 40 ventilators here and considering the number of cases we have in our Islands, the ventilators are also sufficient in number", he said. The COVID tests per million done in the Islands is also highest in the Country. The vaccination percentage of 45+ has reached to 98.81 and only 1209 under this age group persons have not taken the vaccine. The strength of doctors available in A&N Islands is 347. Due to these timely measures taken by the A&N Administration we are having the lowest number of COVID cases in the country and our COVID positivity rate is just 1.75 percent.

The Secretary said that with the active support of all stakeholders including medical fraternity, Administration, Police, Press and general public, we to a large extent have been able to control the number of COVID cases in Isles but lot more needs to be done. The Secretary also called upon the Islanders to have faith in Doctors who are tirelessly working to save lives.

The Secretary informed that there is no COVID positive case in Nicobar as of now. However, the A&N Administration is taking all steps to strengthen the infrastructure facilities in Nicobar District. Altogether, 24 bedded COVID facility has been set up and in addition to this, the Tribal Council of Nicobar provided 30 handmade beds. The Secretary thanked the Tribal Council for the help provided to A&N Administration.

The Director, ANIIMS, Dr. AK Mandal informed that a roaster for 100 doctors has been created dividing them into 6 wards and there will be 3 doctors in 3 shifts in every ward. Apart from this, a roaster has been prepared for all the paramedical staff too. This will be on a rotational basis and the shift will change every week, he said. He said Oxygen Monitoring Committee has been formed which will monitor the requirement of the oxygen and they will also audit the oxygen supply. The delay in the autopsy has been minimized to 2 to 3 hours now from the earlier 6 hours, he said.

The Director, Health Services, Dr. Omkar Singh informed that as per the protocol for the COVID patients, 80 percent COVID infection is mild in nature which can be treated at home with some medicines and precautions, while 15 percent people need oxygen support and only 5 percent people who become serious, needs ventilator support. He said there are patients who are in home isolation and they should not feel isolated. To take care of them, there are 10 to 12 doctors camping in DC Office from where they enquire about the condition of the patient time to time and the patients have been provided medicine kit also. The basic thing the patient should do is to take sufficient rest, keep themselves hydrated and always watch the saturation for which the District Office has provided pulse oximeter too.

The Director further stated that the Administration is having 400 Oxygen Concentrators and order has been placed for another 1500 Oxygen Concentrators. About the discharge of the patients after recovery, the DHS said that the Govt. has clearly said that if the patient is asymptomatic for three days he can be discharged from hospital and there is no need to test him further for COVID. It has been observed that even after discharge from Hospital some patients need oxygen support. For such patients, oxygen concentrators are provided to the patients so that he can use it staying at home. Altogether, 4 patients are being provided Oxygen Concentrators as per the advice of the doctors, the DHS said adding that excess use of oxygen without the knowledge of the doctors will damage the lungs.

The Nodal Officer, COVID, Dr. Avijit Roy said that the Administration has received 9070 doses of vaccine for inoculation of the same for 18+ beneficiaries. The Govt. has allotted 10,100 doses of vaccine as second quota for 18+ which will be received soon. As per the availability of vaccines in regular intervals we will increase the number of beneficiaries, he added. The online registration for the vaccination through CoWIN portal has already begun today. The vaccination for 300 registered beneficiaries will be done at JNRM from 9.30 am on May 19, 2021, he said.

Citizens’ Corner 20/05/2021

* Health Services is serving at its best now amidst COVID-19 management in the GB Pant Hospital. The Administration has makeover the health sector in a systematic pattern to provide quality treatment to the patients who are coming hospital with different diseases. General public shall have trust on doctors and health workers to overcome from their ailments.

* The current DGP efforts to bring down the bootlegging of all kinds, other cases also dealing with the iron fist and made A&N Police proud of achieving 100% success rate in heinous crime, as solved all 12 cases of heinous crime including 6 murders, 3 attempts to murder and 3 rapes cases. People wish the A&N Police to continue good tradition of 100% success in future too.

* There are many intruders, by producing West Bengal's Identity cards entered into these islands as labours, and Security Agency has unchecked their return after contract and failed to send them back on time. Consequently, politically influenced people as Ex-MP, some Pradhans and Councillors helped them to arrange required Local Identity Cards to convert as islanders to strengthen their vote banks in Andaman Islands from Diglipur to Little Andaman.

* Safe and easy status these days is to be at home only. Unnecessary travel may lead you to make sick of any kind. But, when you feel sick of any kind, then definitely check your health with doctors without the fear of anything. Similarly, apart from the physical health, people should also need to check their psychological health which is as important as physical, especially when everybody is in a kind of isolation these days.

DC (SA) distributes ration kits and appeals general public

Port Blair, May 19: The District Administration is taking all necessary precautions to tackle and control the surge of COVID Cases in South Andaman. As a part of such measures, on May 13, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA) held a meeting with Muslim religious leaders to discuss course of action during Eid-ul-Fitr, visited Urban Health Centres at Shadipur and Dairy farm and distributed ration kits in Old Pahargaon containment zone.

The DC (SA) informed the leaders about rising Covid cases in South Andaman and raised his concern over any large congregation that would lead to outbreak of the virus in the entire community. As such he requested them to perform Eid Namaz from their homes itself for the benefit of public at large. He further requested them to be cautious and take all necessary precautions during the festival by following the protocols and guidelines issued by the Administration. Considering the prevailing situations and the earnest request made by the DC (SA), the leaders voluntarily agreed to not gather in large congregations and to request their community to perform Eid Namaz from their home with family. Further they consented to co-operate with the Administration in all possible manner.

In order to break the COVID chain, religious leaders suggested for complete lockdown in areas of Bambooflat, Wimberley Gunj, Stewart Gunj, Mannarghat and Shoal Bay with effect from 15.05.2021. DC(SA) welcomed their suggestion and requested their co-operation for the same.

Further as part of the field visits, the DC(SA) along with SDM(SA) visitedthe Urban Health Centres at Shadipur and Dairy farm and inquired about the status of vaccination, ILI/SARI cases, home quarantine, surveillance by field staff, ASHA and ANM workers in their respective areas.The DC(SA) further directed them to complete 100% vaccination of all persons above 45 in their area while following strict guidelines issued by GOI.

The DC(SA) along with SDM(SA), AC(U/T) also visited the containment zone in Old Pahargaon and distributed around 100 ration kits to labourers & daily wages earners as an immediate relief.

The DC(SA) appealed to the general public to stay home for their own safety and also for the safety of entire South Andaman District and requested to join hands in the fight against Covid-19, a communication said.

MP suggests Admn. to procuring oxygen from NSRY, if demand increase

Port Blair, May 19: The Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Chief Secretary of A&N Administration that in order to avoid crisis of oxygen for the patients in the hospital, the hospital should purchase oxygen from others, the Member of Parliament suggests procuring Oxygen from other agencies and seek assistance of NSRY oxygen manufactures also. At present only one oxygen manufacturing company is supplying oxygen to the Health Department as per the rules. The MP also said that the Administration can even take the help of Indian Navy since A&N Command (NSRY) also has oxygen plant in Andaman.

The Chief of Naval Staff has already assured assistance to the Hon'ble Prime Minister on 3rd May, 2021 during meeting.

PM’s VC participated by LG, CS & State Agriculture Awardee

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency alongwith Shri Jitendra Narain, Chief Secretary, A & N Administration participated in the Video-Conference (VC) chaired by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India to release 8th instalment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme (PM-Kisan). Shri Patrick recipient of State Agriculture Award from this UT also interacted with Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Administration handling COVID-19 pandemic situation in A&N Islands at its best; People must understand their mindful role to win over any Wave of Coronavirus

TMI Bureau

Port Blair, May 12: In an overview, administration is doing its best effort to curb the pandemic in these A&N Islands, viz. restrictions were tightened; mandatory RAT tests are conducting now on incoming passengers; transhipments of essential items is uninterruptedly continued; managing the PDS stocks sufficiently; procuring Oxygen Concentrators to face future eventualities, if any; enforcement agencies made active to challan or punish the negligence by people; managing COVID-19 cases systematically; and keeping daily ground level check on COVID-19 management by DC (SA) makes all things right till now, and hope the situation will be in under control in future too.

Call of Manpower


The foremost frontline health workers in the GB Pant Hospital are working tirelessly to save the lives of islanders. Especially, the doctors, nurses and ward boys on duty are working restlessly in Male Surgical Ward-I and Female Surgical Ward-II wherein, in addition to general, Covid-19 suspected patients are also being referred to with breathing difficulty. These are the wards which require more attention with professionalism at these hours.

But, due to shortage of Ward Boys in those sensitive wards it is becoming difficult to manage despite their 100 percent tireless work, it is observed. In view of the increase in movement of jumbo size Oxygen Cylinders in the GB Pant Hospital the work pressure is also added in their works which need to be managed by hiring manpower as soon as possible to meet the desired health outcome wisely.

People need to understand

One can observe some people mindless about the Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and behave carelessly as joke or what happing around them, but sorry to reveal it is really a serious concern, it matters an individual and their contacts. People can watch on YouTube to understand the consequence of infected person and how terrible that would be. However, administration is issuing many directions time and again as "what to do and what not to do" since the pandemic started to protect oneself from getting infected. But, this time people need to adopt themselves mindfully to behave 24x7 Covid-19 appropriately to save own and loved ones lives till the pandemic get out of our land, and don't step back in extending help to each other and who are needy.

DC (SA) inspects COVID Zones; appealed general public



Port Blair, May 12: Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA) along with SDM(SA), AC(S) and AC(U/T) inspected the Badmas pahad containment zone and took stock of arrangements that are in place to contain the movement of people in and out of the zone. The team inspected the arrangements in place for meeting the basic day to day requirements of the people living inside the containment zone.

The DC(SA) along with other officials distributed ration to the labourers and daily wage earners in the Badmas pahad containment zone as an immediate relief to the daily wage earners.

The team of officials led by DC(SA) also visited the Forest Training School hostel, which has been converted into a Covid Care Centre at Wimberley Gunj, where 19 COVID positive/suspect patients are admitted. Taking stock of the situation at the Centre,he interacted with the Doctor, paramedical and support staff. He inquired about the well-being of the patients and the issues faced by them.

The DC(SA) was satisfied with the coordinated efforts of doctors and medical staff in carrying out such tremendous work on the field. He also lauded the overall arrangements being in place in the Centre for the welfare of the patients. Director (Health Services) accompanied DC(SA) on his visit to the Centre.

Later the team visited the Community Health Centre at Bambooflat and interacted with the Doctor In-charge of the CHC and inquired about the status of vaccination, ILI/SARI cases, Home quarantine, surveillance by field staff, ASHA and ANM workers. The DC(SA) further directed them to complete 100% vaccination of all persons above 45 in their area while following strict guidelines issued by GOI.

Further DC(SA) appealed to the general public that since Ramzan fasting is going to end tomorrow, people who have not taken vaccine should immediately take the vaccine and provide shield to the community in the fight against Covid-19.

DC(SA) further appealed general public for their support and co-operation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Administration will leave no stone unturned to contain the spread of the disease: Secretary, IP&T


Port Blair, May 12: The Secretary, IP&T, Shri Sunil Kumar Singh while addressing a COVID-19 media briefing in the conference hall of IP&T today, informed that the second dose of vaccination programme for the eligible persons above 45 years of age will commence from tomorrow (May 13). The vaccination will be done in all the 30 vaccination centres and all the 85 teams which were constituted earlier will be deputed for vaccination purpose, he said adding that for 18+ the vaccine has not yet arrived and it will be intimated as soon as the vaccine reaches here.

The Secretary informed that 3 flights with 259 passengers arrived today and during the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on these passengers, 5 were found positive. He further informed that 99 persons bound for Middle & North Andaman were tested at Ferrargunj of which 8 persons were found positive. Informing that the positives cases are more among the people who are moving to inter- Islands as seen for more than a week now, the Secretary urged for limiting their movement and travel only in urgent situation.     

The Secretary further informed that a total of 100 Oxygen Concentrators provided by Govt. of India has already reached Port Blair in two batches. He further disclosed that another 125 Oxygen Concentrators provided by an organization will be reaching Port Blair in a day or two. The Secretary said the Administration is strengthening its infrastructure facilities to deal with COVID emergent situations, if any. "We are in a better position as of now when compared to other parts of the Country in dealing COVID and the Administration will leave no stone unturned to contain the spread of the disease", he said.

The Director Health Services, Dr. Omkar Singh informed that apart from the available Oxygen Concentrators, the Administration has further ordered for more Oxygen Concentrators through GEM. Oxygen Concentrators will be procured phase-wise and in the first phase 1500 has been ordered and another 1500 Oxygen Concentrators will be purchased as per the need, the DHS said. He said 85 percent people recover from COVID on their own, 15 percent people need oxygen support and only 5 percent people who become serious, needs ventilator support. Those who are on oxygen support, require it for a longer duration for their recovery. For such patients, the Oxygen Concentrators are found to be very beneficial. Oxygen concentrators are devices that help concentrate oxygen from the ambient air by removing nitrogen and delivering pure oxygen to individuals. This small Oxygen Concentrators can be operated through battery as well as power and it can be used at homes too. He said the Administration procured 250 Oxygen Concentrators before the start of COVID and in another two days, the availability of Oxygen Concentrators in A&N Islands will go up to 475. The DHS further stated that all out efforts from all corners is being made to further strengthen the Health institutions with all required medical facilities to deal with COVID related eventuality. "Have faith in doctors treating the person, he said adding that it is the best medicine. He further stated that if a person is facing difficulty in breathing, he should immediately rush to hospital for proper medical care.

The Deputy Director, G.B. Pant Hospital, Shri Amitabha De informed that the number of new corona positive patients admitted in the G. B Pant Hospital today is 20. He said, 9 patients were discharged and at present 98 are admitted in the Hospital of which 61 are on Oxygen support and 3 patients are on ventilator. He further disclosed that altogether, 6 COVID patients were admitted in Covid Care Centres.

Further, 2 patients were discharged and at present 51 patients are still in Covid Care Centres in South Andaman District, the Deputy Director added.

Citizen’s Corner 13/05/2021

* There are many intruders, by producing West Bengal's Identity cards entered into these islands as labours, and Security Agency has unchecked their return after contract and failed to send them back on time. Consequently, politically influenced people as Ex-MP, some Pradhans and Councillors helped them to arrange required Local Identity Cards to convert as islanders to strengthen their vote banks in Andaman Islands from Diglipur to Little Andaman.

* When people at ease they think about work, huge money, property, unnecessary travel, get together enjoyment, and etc. as priorities and use to ignore safety measures against COVID-19. But, once they get infected, everything will disappear from minds and only one thing will remain i.e. breathe.

* People can find some videos in YouTube to know how a COVID-19 infected patient struggles during its peak and consequence effect. The lack of seriousness towards Coronavirus and its often mutated versions can effect in anyway, so individual's self precaution is essential at this hours. Be mindful, citizens!

* Now, the security agencies woke up from its deep slumber and recalled about the Foreigner Amendment Act 2004 & 7/8 A&N Islands PAT (Amendment) Reg. 2012 all of a sudden. Obviously, this is a good symptom but, big fishes may bring security agencies back to its sleep after an over, for sure.


* Some people are carelessly making plans to travel mainland, and demanding the admin to conduct RT-PCR for their fly purpose. On the other side Coronavirus is smartly mutating itself to reach every possible human being to infect. However, some section of islanders demand to stop incoming and outgoing passenger flights until the situation come to ease.

Citizen’s Corner 06/05/2021

 * Even after many initiatives taken since initial stage to put control in surge of Covid-19 cases by the administration, finally the situation come to affect the businessmen again as the restrictions which are not less than Lockdown is not letting their shutters open, except essentials.

* Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands has requested the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration to allow Pharmacy Shops to open till 9 PM (night) instead of 6 PM so that the general public who face health issues may take medicines from the nearest shops as because of recent lockdown due to COVID, they are unable to go to hospitals or main bazaar for medicine after 1 PM.

* It's become difficult for health services to differentiate and identify other fevers and flues in the existence of Covid-19. Hence, many are undergoing home quarantine these days. Of course, it is for the safety of everyone, but need to arrange a facility to provide essential items to complete their quarantine period successfully.

* The Doordarshan Kendra, Port Blair will telecast a DOCTORS SPEAK Live Phone in Programme on the Topic: "Covid-19 and its Psychological Impact "on 07/05/2021, Friday from 1700 to 1800 hrs. In this programme Dr. Mitesh Behari, Consultant Psychiatrist will be the Expert. Viewers can participate in this LIVE Phone-in programme on the topic by dialing 244745 / 9476046367.

* Be alert: Wear mask properly, maintain hygiene and follow physical distancing.