Health department puts protocol in place for truck drivers/handymen entering Meghalaya

SHILLONG, Apr 8: In view of COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Health and Family Welfare today  informed that there is  an urgent  need to put in place  a  protocol   to be duly followed by truck  drivers and handymen  entering   the  State   for  transporting essential  commodities.

The order stated that trucks will have to be disinfected at the Entry Point, at the entry point, drivers and handymen will be scanned and are to be provided with masks and hand sanitizers. Registration has to be done at entry point by giving their full name, address, contact number, travel history for the last 14 days and whether having any symptoms of fever, cough, breathing difficulty.

The order also stated that drivers and handymen should provide the detailed purpose of entry along with destination and date of departure along with the name, address and phone  number  of owner and agency.

Driver and handyman are to carry packed food and no stoppages are allowed except in extreme circumstances.  They should  not come out of the vehicle except  when they need to use the washroom  which  is available  at petrol pumps and petrol  pumps  are to ensure that the washrooms are kept in clean condition with enough  bleaching powder and running  water.

Driver and handyman should  stay at an identified  place in case they require  to stay for the night and to inform authorities concerned accordingly, for loading and unloading  commodities, the agency  concerned should  make arrangements for the local labour available to assist  them and they are to maintain  hand hygiene,  cough  etiquette (wearing mask) and social distancing.

The order also stated that IEC materials in Hindi and Khasi are to be handed over to them for constant reference.

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