New Delhi: Due to the large scale prevalence of novel coronavirus around the world, Indian citizens who were in countries like China (Wuhan) and Iran were evacuated by Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft on two occasions. On the second occasion, a total of 57 pilgrims from Ladakh region who had visited Quom in Iran for pilgrimage were brought by C-17 aircraft on 10 March to Air Force Station Hindan. These consisted of 33 women, 22 men, and 2 children.
A quarantine facility has been established at AF Stn Hindan for these pilgrims which has all the required facilities for rest and recuperation. The Ministry of Defence stated in a Press communication that administrative arrangements (identification of buildings, perimeter security, food and water supply, bed and linen, laundry, housekeeping, entertainment, sewage disposal, transportation etc) have been organized at the camp and the medical support (daily examination, lab testing, advise on disinfection and biomedical waste management, public health measures, management of symptomatic patients, surveillance, creation and referral to isolation wards at nearest hospital) has been organized by Indian Air Force authorities in liaison with local civil administration.
Detailed protocols for patient transportation and referral to nearest designated or identified isolation ward of service or civil hospitals have been kept ready.
Detailed guidelines as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for quarantine in suspected COVID-19 cases have been implemented, the MoD stated. The total period for quarantine is 14 days. The IAF, as part of defence services support to civil authorities, will continue unabated relief measures till the situation is normal, added the Defence Ministry.
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