MOH Stresses 2019-nCoV Surveillance at Points of Entry
MOH Stresses 2019-nCoV Surveillance at Points of Entry10/2/2020
Within the collaborative multi-stakeholder efforts exerted in respond to public health threat posed by the Novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health represented by the Directorate General for Disease Surveillance & Control held yesterday (Sunday) a meeting at the Oman Airports Company.
The meeting gathered the MOH’s Director General of DS&C and representatives from the Public Authority for Civil Defence & Ambulance, Oman Airports, Royal Oman Police, Oman Air, and Muscat International Airport Services.
The epidemiological situation of the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as well the Ministry’s preparedness for a public health emergency and means of risk assessment at points of entry were all highlighted in the meeting.
Each sections in the Muscat International Airport recognized their respective roles and the actions needed to follow when dealing with arrivals from China and other countries and regions infected by the novel coronavirus.
Moreover, the meeting touched upon the Procedures Document involving travelers coming to the Sultanate’s airports, seaports, and land border crossings.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Health (MOH), in coordination with other stakeholders has initiated precautionary and preventive actions at the various points of entry (air, sea, and land). Procedures require the healthcare workers at the points of entry to conduct triage for China arrivals, and distribute notification form for arrivals through the different PoE, that consist of information about the date of travel and the presence of respiratory symptoms. In addition, conducting health screening for those coming directly from or transiting through the People’s Republic of China within a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival, if any traveler found to be symptomatic and with compatible travel history, arrangements are made for screening tests in designated health institution.
The Ministry hence affirms that the previous procedures are involving travelers who declare travel history to or transiting through the affected country (China) within past 14 days in line with the recommendations of international organizations, stressing that a suspected Novel Corona virus (2019-nCoV) case shall be transferred to healthcare facilities for laboratory investigation samples collection.