A Dornier aircraft of Indian Navy, with a team of four doctors from Goa State Health department, took off from INS Hansa to Pune today. The medical team led by Dr Savio Rodrigues, HOD Microbiology, Goa Medical College, will undergo training to set up a COVID test facility at Goa.
A request to the Navy for providing air transport was received by Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area during the late hours of 24 Mar 2020. Navy immediately initiated necessary procedures and the aircraft took off in the morning today. A few samples of COVID-19 suspects were also carried by the medical team for testing.
The medical team is likely to return to Goa on 27 Mar 2020 post completion of the training.
In an another development in the state CM Dr Pramod Sawant today held press conference on govt preparedness on COVID-19. He said complete lockdown has been implemented in the state from yesterday night. He said that that the Govt has not allowed opening of fair price shops. Instead, they should do home delivery. He said volunteers can register with govt for home delivery.
State govt will soon launch two helpline numbers for essential commodities and medicine.