The Indian Air Force has set up a quarantine facility for civilians at the Air Force Station Hindan with facilities for rest and recuperation.
Due to the large scale prevalence of Corona Virus 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, Iran for pilgrimage, were brought by C-17 aircraft March 10 to Hindan. These consisted of 33 women, two children and 22 men.
In addition, the administrative arrangements like identification of buildings, perimeter security, food and water supply, bed and linen, laundry, housekeeping, entertainment, sewage disposal, transportation among others have been organized at the camp.
Medical support including daily examination, lab testing, advise on disinfection and bio-medical waste management, public health measures, management of symptomatic patients, surveillance, creation and referral to isolation wards at nearest hospital, have been organized by Indian Air Force authorities in liaison with local civil administration.
The detailed protocols for patient transportation and referral to nearest designated identified isolation ward of service / civil hospitals has been kept ready.
According to the official press release, “Detailed guidelines as mandated by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for quarantine in suspected COVID-19 cases has been implemented. The total period for quarantine is 14 days. The Indian Air Force, as part of the defence services support to civil authorities would continue unabated relief measures till the situation is normal.”