Nipah scare: Ambulance driver remains in quarantine inside vehicle for 17 hours

2 min read
Read later

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.

Add Comment
Related Topics

Get daily updates from

Disclaimer: Kindly avoid objectionable, derogatory, unlawful and lewd comments, while responding to reports. Such comments are punishable under cyber laws. Please keep away from personal attacks. The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of readers and not that of Mathrubhumi.

Cochin International Airport

1 min

Gold seized from woman passenger at Cochin airport

Oct 4, 2023

Suresh Gopi

1 min

Don’t see me as a `Sanghi', I'm a former SFI activist, says Suresh Gopi

Oct 4, 2023

mid day meal

1 min

Midday meal: Kerala HC sets deadline, directs govt to clear Rs 55.16 cr due by Thursday 

Oct 4, 2023