Setting an example for the country, Andaman & Nicobar Islands have cured all 11 COVID-19 infection cases and also restricted further spread of the virus in the islands. With the chief secretary of A&N Islands declaring that the last case in isolation, a young female medico have recovered and tested negative. The tests of the other 10 people kept in isolation previously had also been negative.
The Chief Secretary, Shri.Chetan Sanghi who had been tweeting regular updates on the situation however informed that all necessary precautions and restrictions shall continue in the islands.
It all started with the return of 09 people who had visited the Markaz at Nizamuddin to Andaman Islands. These people came by 02 different flights on 24 March. As a precautionary measure all passengers who travelled to Andaman on 23 & 24 March were quarantined. Once one of the Jamaati was tested positive for COVID-19, the A&N Administration swung into action and cotact tracing was carried out for all the passengers who travelled with the infected person. The cases kept rising as the test results marked all the 09 personnel of the Markaz group as infected. Another lady (wife of one of the positive cases) was also tested positive and immediately moved to the isolation ward of G.B Pant hospital. All efforts were made to ensure that the spread of the virus is curbed immediately.
Multiple hotels in Port Blair were set up as institutional quarantine centres. All passengers who travelled in the Indigo and Vistara flights on 24 March (in which the positive cases were found) were sent on institutional quarantine for 14 days. Regular check up was carried out of these people. On completion of 14 days institutional quarantine these people were subjected to thead COVID-19 test and were released after all the test reports were found negative. A total of 471 people were kept under institutional quarantine.
As per the report published in the health bulletin on 17 April 20, a total of 1812 people have successfully completed their quarantine stay. Apart from this, hot spots were marked in Atlanta Point, Mohan Pura Masjid area & Biggie Line area. A special drive for house to house surveillance is also being conducted in the hotspots.
A 50 bed isolation ward was created in G.B.Pant hospital in Port Blair and all positive cases were admitted and treated in this ward. ICMR played a very important role in timely conducting the tests and submitting reorts on war footage. The doctors, nurses and other CORONA WARRIORS were all in hands with the A&N Administration in controlling the pandemic.
Special flights of Air India and Indian Airforce were flown in with Ventilators, PPE kits, testing kits, masks and sanitisors to combat the virus.
While the administration was doing all these, the Chief Secy Shri.Chetan Sanghi kept the media and the public informed through twitter so that there was no panic among the citizen. The Daily Telegrams, a Govt. owned newspaper in the islands publishes daily health bulletin so counter any rumours. Many social activists and associations formed watsapp groups to furnish authentic information to all.
Once lock down was announced by the Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi, the A&N Police ensured that it was followed to the spirit in the islands. All the departments were put on high alert. State and District level control rooms were set up. To ensure supply of essential commodities, volunteers were roped in.
Overall it was the combined effort of the A&N Administration, team of CORONA WARRIORS & volunteers who has shown the way to the country. Now the priority of the authorities is to bring back the stranded islanders from many parts of the country, ensuring that the islands stay free from the deadly COVID-19.