As part of preventive measures to avert the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, management of Port Takoradi has begun screening of all port users at the entrance and exit points of the port.
Management has also ensured the availability of running water, soap and hand-sanitisers at all establishments within the enclaves of Port Takoradi as part of efforts to enhance hygiene procedures.
The Medical Services Department of GPHA has designated some staff to be specially trained as frontline health officers to deal with all cases related to the coronavirus.
In the meantime, in addition to sensitisation exercises, Takoradi Port has designated two separate holding areas to address potential cases of coronavirus.
Simultaneously, GPHA has suspended the intake of cruise vessels, port tours and academic internships due to COVID-19.
A GPHA Interagency Emergency Preparedness Committee on COVID-19 has also been set up to structure more effective standards of operating in the fight against spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier, in Tema, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority in collaboration with the Port Health Unit of the Ghana Health Service, embarked on a sensitisation drive within the port community to educate stakeholders on the new coronavirus emerging from the Far East – with special focus on its prevention.
The month-long sensitisation campaign saw the allied team of health experts educate members of the fishing community, employees of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority at the various operational and administrative departments, stakeholders of GPHA – including the Customs Division of the GRA, the Meridian Ports Services, the Ghana Dock Labor Company, the Tema Shipyard, the Shipping Lines, the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, transport unions and freight forwarders as well as workers who work in and around the port enclave – with the objective that all people who engage in some form of interaction within the port community are well-informed about the disease.
The various groups of people were guided on precautionary measures against coronavirus infection, including good hygiene practices and wearing nose-masks and gloves for workers who go aboard vessels.
GPHA took the awareness programme a notch higher by training front-line officials from the Marine Operations Department, Fire and Safety Department, the Transport Department and Tema Shipyard who directly encounter travellers to the port, as part of preventive measures.
In addition, all entry and exit points at the Port of Tema, Golden Jubilee Terminal, GPHA headquarters, Tema Port Administration Block, among other places, have been screening staff and other port users before they are allowed into the Authority’s building.
Again, hand-sanitisers, water and soap have been made available to staff and port users for their use.