Chattogram Port authorities have taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus from the ships that bring goods from around the world.
All ships must declare if there was any coronavirus patient onboard when they reached the outer anchorage of the port, said the port authorities in a notice on Friday in the wake of coronavirus outbreak that claimed at last 259 lives in China in two weeks.
A medical team led by the port health officer had been working round the clock at the port immigration desk, he said, adding that if any sailor wanted to get out of the ship, he needed to go through a medical scanning first.
Port secretary Omar Faruk said that the port health officer would examine all sailors of the ships coming from the East Asian countries.
He said that the ships would get permission to anchor only if the health officer declared sailors of the ships were 100 per cent coronavirus-free.
Chattogram port chief medical officer Mosharraf Hossain told New Age that the port had also prepared ambulance ships to transfer patients directly from the ships to hospitals in shortest possible time.
In order to stay safe from coronavirus, the port authorities have asked the officials of the department of shipping, traffic, security and all stakeholders to wash their hands with soap, not to touch their nose, ear or face with dirty hands and stay away from infected people.
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