Paradip, Feb 4 (LocalWire)- The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) authorities have been carefully monitoring the Coronavirus situation and taking all the precautionary measure possible to prevent the outbreak of the infection in the state, its chairman said on Tuesday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already declared it to be a Public Health Emergency.
Rinkesh Roy, the Chairman of PPT, while addressing the media said that the Central Government has already suspended the e-visa facility for China.
He further informed LocalWire that being a cargo handling port, there are no passengers on the Paradip Port. Despite that, preventive measures are already in place to stop any possible outbreak of the infection.
Cargo handling in the Port is going on smoothly and so far, there are no restrictions on cargo movement, he added.
Thermal scanners have been installed at Gate No. 4 and an isolation ward has been made functional at PPT Hospital. As of today, 16 ships have berthed and 20 ships are in the anchorage. There is only one ship from which two crew members have visited China after 15th January 2020.
This ship will arrive at the port in a few days. Crew reports are being taken on a daily basis from the ship and no symptoms have been reported yet.
On its arrival, the Cheif Medical Officer, PPT Prahllad Panda and a team will visit and scan the crew following which the cargo operations will start in the ship.
PPT pilots going to these ships have been provided personal safety gears.
Leaving the shore is not permitted to the crew of vessels having visited China, Macau and Hong Kong after 15th January 2020 in line with the Central Government’s Advisory.
The residents of Paradip have been made aware of the symptoms and preventive measures, through messages displayed on big electronic boards.
Edited by Meenal Singh