Mumbai Port Trust sets isolations ward, adopts measures to combat coronavirus suspicion

Published: Feb 07, 2020, 13:41 IST | ANI | Mumbai

An isolation ward has also been created at Port Trust Hospital in case any crew or passengers shows symptoms of coronavirus and an ambulance is kept standby in the docks for an emergency

This picture has been used for representation purpose
This picture has been used for representation purpose

Mumbai Port Trust has taken proactive steps to combat novel coronavirus which has claimed over 600 lives in China.

The trust has asked vessel agents and master of foreign vessels coming from countries affected by 2019-CoV (Corona Virus) of China to inform Harbour Master (HM) or Port Health Officer (PHO) through email about crews suspected of virus Infection with details including name, nationality, age, sex, symptoms and the history of previous visit to China.

A self-declaration will be obtained from the crew/passengers with the history of travel to China and also who belongs to Chinese origins.

"N95 masks and other Personal Protective Equipments have been procured and issued to the Doctors, Pilots and concerned officers likely to come in contact with vessel crew and passengers. Signages have been placed at prominent locations for creating awareness against the disease. Regular coordination and liaison are maintained with Port Health Officer (PHO) and DG of Health Services. SOP have been framed and circulated to vessel agents and concerned," a release of Mumbai Port Trust said.

Till February 4, Mumbai Port has screened 158 crew members and 19 passengers from vessels either coming from China or having the history of travel to the coronavirus-hit country. However, no crew/passenger showing symptoms of coronavirus has been detected.

An isolation ward has also been created at Port Trust Hospital in case any crew or passengers shows symptoms of coronavirus and an ambulance is kept standby in the docks for an emergency.

According to the release signed by Chief PRO V R Joglekar, passenger's having a history of travel to China are being screened with the thermal scanner.

"For crew of the vessel coming from China and South East Asia and crew/passengers who have visited China in the last one month, shore leave/ shore excursion is not being allowed," it said.

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