Indian Navy

COVID 19 : Indian Navy as one of the confidants of our nation

It is been a while, that to augment Nation’s fight against the severe spread of COVID-19, Indian Navy is in full-swing, monitoring and extending their admirable sense of support for those are in need and certain affected areas of our nation.

To start with, be it setting up Quarantine Camps, under the aegis of Western Naval Command (WNC), Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Southern Naval Command for Indian nationals who are being evacuated from COVID 19 affected countries to transporting medical samples timely for COVID -19 testing.

In recent, a Dornier aircraft of the IN carrying 38 samples for COVID-19 testing took off from INS Hansa to Pune on 31 Mar 2020. The samples were carried by an official from the Goa State Health department. The air transportation was arranged following a request by the Secretary (Health) to the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area of Indian Navy.

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has led to one of the biggest medical emergencies the world has witnessed in the recent times. In view of massive surge in the number of infected patients, the medical infrastructure of the nation is being put to its ultimate test. Amidst, all assigned official duties and tasks on-hand, Naval dockyard Mumbai managed to design their own low-cost temperature gun to combat the pandemic.

Naval Dockyard, Mumbai has designed and developed its own handheld IR based temperature sensor for undertaking screening of large number of personnel at the entry gates of the yard reducing the load on the security sentries at the gate. The instrument has been manufactured under Rs. 1000/ – through in-house resources, which is fraction of the cost of the Temperature Guns that are available in the market.

The 285-year-old Naval Dockyard (ND) of Western Naval Command (WNC) has an average influx of around 20,000 personnel entering the premises every day. In view of COVID-19, initial screening of these personnel entering the dockyard was essential to thwart the spread of COVID-19 within the yard and the Western Fleet.

The most preliminary method to screen a probable patient is to check for body temperature by a non-contact means. The indigenously built handgun remained handy for the officials.

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