Railway station to come up with screening facility
Jamshedpur, March 12: Administration has asked hotels in city and Ghatshila to inform about visitors travel history on a daily basis while Tatanagar railway station would come up with facility for screening of visitors at Tatanagar and Ghatshila station. This is a part of administration strategy against corona virus that is spreading panic.
“We have asked the hotels to start providing us details of travel history of visitors coming to stay in their accommodation so that screening can be done in the case of travel history abroad, especially to countries like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Thailand and Germany. All the visitors might have undergone screening at international airport of the country. But we would like to check and want to know if the visitors from abroad had been quarantined (for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival) or not,” said civil surgeon Dr Maheshwar Prasad.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla has called a meeting of health officials, NGOs, hotels and railway officials tomorrow to chalk out strategy to meet the challenges associated with spreading of virus. The district administration is geared up to invoke provisions of section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 at the earliest in view of the WHO declaring novel coronavirus as pandemic.
“According to the advisory issued by the Union health ministry we would be enforcing provisions under section 2 of Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and have called a meeting of officials of different government departments including education and health tomorrow at the district. Senior functionaries of hoteliers association, NGOs and railway authorities have been invited to the meeting. The civil surgeon will be holding talks with railway authorities and hotels to ensure enforcement of the Act,” said the deputy commissioner. He said that preventive measures are need of the hour.
Incidentally, the Act gives the administration authority to take special measures and prescribe regulations to be observed by the public to prevent the outbreak of a disease. The Act also gives power to authorities to inspect ‘persons travelling by railway or otherwise, and temporary accommodation or otherwise, of persons suspected by the inspecting officer of being infected with any such disease.