Mr. Pakphat Songwatanayuth, Cha-am District Chief and public health staff have taken steps to avoid Covid-19 infections being spread from the crew of fishing boats entering the Cha-Am harbour.
Strict control of the crew movements during the time they are berthed have been put in place at least until the end of the month following over 200 detections in the vicinity of the harbour.
Crew members entering the harbour are believed to be a high risk group with imported infections behind the current outbreak. The fishing market has also been closed with sanitation of the area being undertaken and the testing of members in the surrounding community.
The official Order puts in place the following measures:
All fishing boats wishing to enter the harbour must provide two days’ notice to harbour officials and agree to being inspected upon arrival and spray use disinfectant used as required. All workers at the berth must strictly wear gloves and face masks.
The crew is strictly not allowed to leave the berth area. After unloading their catch the fishing boat must immediately return to sea. Requests for crew members to leave the port will only be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If there is a need to dock the boat overnight for repairs or other reasons, the owner of the ship is responsible to control the crew and prevent them from going ashore or boarding other vessels.
All fishing boats entering and exiting the port will be provided with thermometers and each crew member checked twice per day, morning and evening, with the results recorded and available for inspection. Abnormalities from recorded temperature checks will result in further testing for infections and appropriate action by health officials.
Crew members found to be infected along with other crew members considered to be at high risk will be detained and isolated for the length of time prescribed by the doctor.
If anyone is found to violate or not complying with the order of the communicable disease control officer, the Cha-Am District Disease Control Operations Center will consider prosecution according to the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558.