Special instructions issued to protect Shompen Tribes of Nicobar from Corona Virus

Port Blair, Aug 23: The Nicobar District Administration, A & N Islands, has taken adequate precautions in order to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic considering the growing number of Corona cases in the Union Territory.

Considering the vulnerability of Shompen, which is a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG), special instructions have been issued, to ensure their safety including specification of the protocol for AAJVS staff, direction to the general public not to interact with Shompen etc.

After COVID19 infection was found among six members of Great Andamanese Tribes the local Administration is taking extra precautions to protect Shompen tribes from corona virus.

As on date, any person intending to visit Nicobar District has to compulsorily undergo the COVID-19 test before he/ she is allowed to visit the District.

In addition to this, the District Administration has directed that crew from cargo ships shall not leave the ship without permission of respective Assistant Commissioners, in order to ensure that they do not spread infection.

According to the Nicobar District Administration since June 15th, all passengers arriving by ship and helicopter were quarantined in their respective homes for 14 days.

Passive and active surveillance (door to door) was initiated in order to find those persons having Influenza-like Illness (ILI) or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) symptoms, and such persons were placed under home quarantine. Such persons are also given a kit containing paracetamol, azithromycin, Vitamin-C, and ayurvedic medicine, and regular review is done for such cases.

Other than this COVID Care Centres have also been identified in all three sub-divisions of Nicobar District.

A total of 195 beds have been identified for COVID-19 patients if needed. Further, regular stock-appraisal of PPE kits, oxygen cylinders, masks, sanitizers, etc. is being conducted.  Apart from the above, from 30th July onwards, all passenger ships and regular helicopter services have been suspended in order to prevent the spread of the virus in Nicobar District. From 2nd August, all shops except those providing essential goods/ services were directed to be closed.

A weekend lockdown was also imposed in order to contain the spread. Further, from 11th August, a lockdown has been put in place to prevent further spread of infection and home delivery of essentials is taking place including FPS ration.

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