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Thermal Scanner For Ports

Port Authorities of Paradip, Dhamra and Gopalpur have been asked to ensure availability of Thermal Scanners and sufficient Personal Protective Equipments to avoid COVID-19.
All ports have been directed to procure Thermal Scanners and  necessary Protective Gears as required, setting up of isolation wards and ensuring medical facilities and subsequent treatment availability as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
In the backdrop of increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in India, preparedness of all Major and Non Major ports in India was reviewed today under the chairmanship of Gopal Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping.
Union Secretary discussed  the nitty-gritty of the present scenario with the Chairpersons of all major and minor ports as well as officials of State Maritime Boards through video conferencing.
 Officials of the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs were also present during the meeting.
Deliberating the emerging global scenario, the Secretary requested a coordinated and collective approach against COVID-19 by one and all to avoid its spread through sea ports.
He emphasized all officials to adhere to the instructions and advisories being issued by the Ministry of Shipping in letter and spirit. 
Mr.Krishna directed all ports to ensure availability of thermal scanners and sufficient Personal Protective Equipment as per guidelines of Ministry of Health.
All ports handling EXIM cargo and handling cruise ships have been instructed to take special precautions and ensure 100 Percent thermal screening of the crew/passengers, Self Declaration from the Crew/passengers  and tie-up with the regional unit of NDRF for third party check at ports. 
Immediate instructions have been issued to stop disembarkation of the crew/ passenger having travel history from the infected countries.
It was highlighted that in total 16076 passengers from 452 ships have been screened, so far, at various major/ non major ports.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare  present during this review meeting, explained to the all concerned port authorities regarding the thermal screening process, detailed health check-up of crew and setting up of quarantine facilities in coordination with respective local medical authorities.
 

 

 


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