The first corona suspected case was brought directly from Veer Sarvarkar Airport, Port Blair, Andaman on 24/3/2020 as he complained of mild, cold and sneezing after arrival by flight after attending Tablighi Jamaat at Markaz at Banglewali Mosque in Hazart Nizamuddin, New Delhi. He was immediately shifted in an special ambulance designated only for COVID-19 suspected cases, as the Andaman & Nicobar administration was fully prepared well in advance in January itself and after a series of State Level Advisory Committee meeting with high level officers of the administration, in the early week of February itself and it was published in the local daily “The Daily Telegrams” and other newspapers, since the news of corona deaths reported Whuhan, Italy, Iran, Spain etc. in the media.
Dr.Sabeela Banu, Medical Officer attended the first case as she was on duty at that point of time, she was wearing protective equipment’s like masks, gloves etc and the patient was also wearing the mask at that time when taken to OPD. No physical examination was conducted, and she maintained physical distancing, as Dr. Sabeela was much aware of the consequences. Immediately the suspected case was taken to specially created Isolation ward on 24/3/2020, after that swabs were taken and later on tested positive.
On 25/3/2020 medical officer was off duty. The supporting staff like ambulance driver and other paramedics who had come in the special ambulance their investigation was done and all the reports are negative.
Dr.Sabeela’s throat & nasal swab was taken today morning as she was off duty yesterday, she is home quarantined since then. She is perfectly fine as of now and she is waiting for COVID-19 results which is expected soon.