This organisation is a ‘Public Authority’ established for the detailed execution of the Policies of the Government of India with the status of a ‘Subordinate Office’ to Directorate General of Health Services under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi. This Public Authority functions with the funds provided by the Government of India.
The Port Health Organisation, Cochin was established on 12th December 1942 to ensure prevention of entry of Quarantinable diseases (Diseases subjected to International Health Regulations) into the country under Indian Port Health Rules 1955. PHO, Cochin is a designated and approved Port for issue of ‘ Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate, Ship Sanitation Control Certificate and Ship Sanitation Extension Certificate to Ships’
India, a Member State of World Health Organisation has adopted the International Health Regulations with some “Reservations”. The objective of ‘International Health Regulations’ is to ensure the maximum security against the international spread of communicable disease with a minimum interference with world traffic. The “Reservations of India” to these Regulations is towards ‘Prevention of entry of Yellow Fever into India. As per these Regulations a Member State has to maintain as many of the Sanitary Ports and Airports as practicable with organized medical and health service with adequate staff, equipment, premises etc.
Cochin Port is an all-weather natural port. Among all the Indian Ports, Cochin is located closest to the international routes, being only 11 nautical miles from the Gulf to Singapore route and 70 nautical miles from the Suez Canal – Far East route. Cochin seaport is one of the major sea port designated by World Health Organisation as International Sanitary Port in the western Coastline of the Indian subcontinent.
Cochin seaport is one of the major sea port designated by World Health Organisation as International Sanitary Port in the western Coastline of the Indian subcontinent.