Report by: 
Port Blair
14 Jun 2018

At GBPH, family members of patients make passages their home
Constantine (name changed), attending her relative undergoing treatment at the lone referral hospital, GB Pant Hospital (GBPH), here for the past two weeks, has made the passageway leading to the X-Ray room her home. “I don’t know if there is any place where I can stay at night to look after my relative, who needs constant attention,” she says. While the UT Administration can boast of improved health services in GB Pant Hospital, shortage of basic facilities remains a major concern for patients at the referral hospital.
“The services of the GB Pant Hospital have improved significantly in the recent years, but the management has probably failed to deal with the rising number of patients. Lack of seating arrangements, if the prevailing condition at Digital X-Ray room is any indication, is taking a toll on patients at the hospital. The hospital authorities should mull over steps to provide comfort to attenders,” said a resident of the city.


Yoga enthusiasts perform Asanas at Mohanpura
Gearing up for upcoming 4th International Day of Yoga on June 21, a flash yoga demonstration for general public was organized by the AYUSH wing DHS and A & N State AYUSH Society at Mohanpura near Lead Bank on Thursday. The programme was aimed at generating awareness on the benefits of Yoga and its acceptance as drug less therapy among the populace. Advance yoga asanas were performed by the students of different schools, which was witnessed by people from all walks of life.

Fruit vendors evicted from School Line
 As per statistics, at least two planes are struck every day in India by airborne birds on runways. Probably taking a cue from one recent incident reported from Kolkata when a GoAir’s Kolkata-Port Blair flight made an emergency landing at NSC Bose International Airport reportedly suffered a bird-hit, the civic authorities here evicted fruit vendors from the School Line area. Acting tough on vendors, a big team of the Municipal Council removed temporary structures and other items put up by them and issued directions to refrain from the business near the sensitive area.
“The fruit vendors have paid no heed to repeated requests by the Municipal Council to shift the business to some other location as it poses serious threat to aviation security. After being evicted from the location, the errant vendors set up their stalls in a couple of days. The Council, this time, has strictly directed the vendors to refrain from the activity and the body will ensure that the fruit vendors don’t return to the spot in future,” said an official of the Municipal Council.