Ambulance driver Anaz.
Vadakara: Ambulance driver Anaz, who had carried Mangalad native Harris from Vadakara to Kozhikode MIMS hospital, learnt about the latter’s demise on his way back to Vadakara. He also learnt that Harris is suspected to have succumbed to Nipah. This forced Anaz to go into quarantine inside his vehicle. He remained in his ambulance for almost 17 hours. Anas travelled home the next day by noon after shifting his family to a relative’s place.
The ambulance carrying Harris had arrived at the MIMS hospital in Kozhikode by 7 PM on September 11. On his return, Anaz learnt about the demise of the patient, by the time he reached Koyilandy. The news of the Nipah scare in Kozhikode reached his ears as well. He immediately called up the authorities at the MIMS. They warned him of possibilities of contracting the virus. Without a second thought, Anaz straightaway drove his vehicle to his usual parking spot in Kottakadavu. He spent the entire night inside his vehicle.
Around 6 AM in the morning, Anaz called up municipal councillor VK Azeez over the phone and had requested for a house to stay in quarantine. While the councillor was trying to make arrangements as per the request of Anaz, he received a call from the cooperative bank, the hospital authorities informed that they were ready to provide quarantine facilities to Anaz. However, amidst these developments, family members of Anaz vacated their house in Kakkati, so that he could remain under observation in their residence.
One of the locals provided breakfast to Anaz. Anaz has the experience of staying in quarantine during the Covid period. Back then, he had carried the dead body of an Assam native who had succumbed to Covid in his vehicle.