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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230-231

Safeguarding the health of ship passengers and their disembarkation in the ongoing coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur–Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet 603108, Tamil Nadu.
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DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_76_20

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The ongoing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become one of the global public health emergencies requiring immediate and urgent attention. As the most common mode of disease transmission is through close contact and droplets, it has been advocated to avoid any unnecessary travel. It is ideal that, if the trip has not started, it should be deferred till the pandemic settles, while in case, the journey has already started, it is the responsibility of the ship authorities to safeguard the health of the onboard passengers. The first and foremost thing for all the ships who are planning for an international voyage or are stranded midway is that all these ships should formulate a detailed outbreak management plan. In conclusion, ensuring safety of passengers in the ship and their safe disembarkation is one amongst the top priorities in the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. It is high time that all the ship authorities are well prepared and have a detailed outbreak management plan to minimize the chances of acquisition of infection and also onward transmission.


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