Tribal affairs min expresses pleasure as 6 members of Great Andamanese tribe get better from COVID-19

New Delhi, September 9  

Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday expressed happiness after six members of the dwindling Great Andamanese tribe, who examined constructive for coronavirus, recovered and returned to their island within the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

“It is indeed my pleasure to inform you that six members of a vulnerable tribal group from Andaman and Nicobar Islands who tested positive and were undergoing treatment, have recovered and returned to their Island. God bless them with many more years of healthy life,” he posted on Twitter.

There are solely 59 surviving members of the Great Andamanese tribe, all of them on Strait Island within the archipelago.

After six members of the tribe, who had travelled to Port Blair, the areas’ capital, for work, examined constructive for the virus, a well being group travelled to Strait Island final month to hold out exams of the remaining members.

Out of 37 samples examined, 4 extra from the tribe had been discovered to be constructive, Health Department Deputy Director and Nodal Officer Avijit Roy had instructed PTI.

Three COVID-19 constructive members of the tribe had recovered earlier.      

There are six notified Scheduled Tribes within the archipelago — Nicobarese, Great Andamanese, Jarawa, Sentinelese, Onge and Shompen.      

Barring Nicobarese, all are recognised as notably weak tribal teams, characterised by declining or stagnant inhabitants, low stage of literacy, pre-agricultural stage of know-how and financial backwardness.–PTI 

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