Ministry of Shipping issues directives to Major Ports as a preventive measure against Corona Virus


With reference to outbreak of Corona Virus in China, Ministry of Shipping has issued necessary directions to Major Ports which includes;

Major Ports to place a screening, detection and quarantine system immediatelyfor disembarking Seafarers or Cruise Passengers
To obtain self-declaration from arriving crews/passengers
To install thermal scanners and procurement of N-95 masks
To create awareness about Corona virus among the travellers at Ports and Port officials/PHO.
Following action has been taken by Major Ports:

SoP for Disease surveillance / Vessel and Crew/Passenger Management
Advisory for all stakeholders
Thermal Scanners during exit from Port Prohibited Area
Isolation ward at Port Hospital Premises / Throat Swab Collection by District Authority
Referral to Higher Centres in severe cases
IEC activities through electronic/print media/ LED Display Boards of Port Trust / Display in Port Hospital.
Daily Reporting is being done to Cabinet Secretariat about the status of Vessels at Major Ports and screening of Crew members/ Passengers. Between 27th January and 6th February,2020, 85 ships form China and 4274 passengers have been screened.

(Source: PIB)

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