Samples to be taken of all employees of Gan Airport

Gan International Airport in Addu City managed by Addu International Airports company | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Addu City, Maldives — The Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) has informed that they are currently working on taking the samples of all the employees of the Gan International Airport in Addu City.

While speaking at the press conference that was held by the Addu Emergency Operation Center (AEOC) last night, Orthopedists of AEH, Dr. Mohamed Munshid informed that they are taking special priority in taking the samples of all the employees of the Gan airport and the work is currently ongoing in the city. Along with this, he noted that they are also taking random samples of all the employees of the AEH.

Munshid informed that AEOC will begin random sampling in the city as soon as the samples of AEH and Gan employees are taken.

This is to check whether the Covid-19 has spread at all in the joined islands of Addu City.

Munshid stated.

Munshid advised all citizens that they must take importance in controlling the possible spread of the disease by social distancing, wearing masks and in avoiding going from one house to another unless its absolutely necessary to do so.

He said that if the citizens actions meet the aforementioned rules, then the city can easily overcome the Covid-19 situation it is currently facing. However, he stated that if the citizens are not adhering to the rules, then there is high chance of the Covid-19 virus spreading in the city and for it to become a barrier for the ongoing vaccination program in Addu.

While there are currently two clusters of Covid-19 in Addu City – one being the Aviation cluster, and the other being in Hulhumeedhoo at the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) site.

The Aviation Cluster has so far confirmed a total of 28 Covid-19 cases containing over 300 contacts traced by the AEOC so far.

The Aviation cluster was identified on 6th February, after two participants of the training consulted the flu clinic after becoming symptomatic, and were subsequently tested, which resulted in the samples testing positive for Covid-19.

The total number of positive cases include the 2 cases identified from Thinadhoo island of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, of which one person was a participant of the training held at Gan, while the other was a direct contact.