FUNCTIONS

Port-Health-Cochin-Services
I. Precautionary Measures Against Quarantainable Diseases

a. Yellow Fever
( Precautionary measure against Yellow Fever )

  1. Control of Mosquito Aedes Aegypti within 400 meters of the Port Area.
  2. Ships coming from Yellow Fever areas within 30 days to be limited by pratique.

b. Plague
( Precautionary measure against Plague )

  1. All ships foreign/coastal must have a valid Ship Sanitation Exemption/ Control Certificate.
  2. Issue of Ship Sanitation Exemption/ Control Certificate.

c. Cholera
( Precautionary measure against Cholera )

  1. Water, if suspected is bacteriologically analysed.
  2. Anti-fly measures and proper sanitation of the ship is checked.
  3. Water is tested for residual chlorine.
  4. Ships water tanks are to be cleaned and cement coated.

II. PRATIQUE

  1. No ships to be permitted to berth without a pratique.
  2. Standard  Quarantine  Message  to  be  send  by  all ships coming from foreign ports and pratique granted.
  3. Check pratique certificate, if coming from other Indian Ports.

III. Dis-embarkation of crew on medical grounds/ Radio medical Aid to seafarers at High seas.

At times medical advice is sought by seafarers at high seas during their illness. The P.H.O. gives them the necessary instructions regarding treatment and hospitalisation as the case may be on receipt of such messages.

IV. Medical examination of crew

The medical examination of pre-entrants as well as crew/ seamen is done as and when required.

V. Health & Sanitary Inspection of the vessels

Inspection for Health and Sanitary conditions on board the ships is mainly directed to ascertain the sanitary and hygienic standard of ships and to take remedial measures when deficiency is noted. This inspection is usally done on arrival of ship. This enables the Master of a ship to rectify the defects noticed during inspection before sailing.

VI . Inspection of Medicine Chest on board the vessels

Inspection of Medicine Chest on ships is carried out to ensure that sufficient stock of medicines and medical appliances are kept on board, which might be essential for ailing seafarers, particularly at high seas as per the schedule prescribed in International Medical Guide for ships (WHO). The certificate issued is valid for 1 year.

VII. Grant of Radio Pratique to the Ships

Master desiring of Radio/Free Pratique has to send a pratique message giving all information as required under the Indian Port Health Rules 1955 within the stipulated time before arrival. If the wireless message is complete and have negative answers to all the  health  questions, the ships are  granted  Pratique  from the time of its arrival at the  outer-roads  and  the fact will be  intimated  to the concerned  steamer  agents,  who  in  turn  will  communicate  to  the  Master of the vessel.

VIII . Inspection of ships for issue of Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate / Ship Sanitation Control Certificate

This Inspection is carried out  under the provisions of Indian Port Health Rules 1955/International Health Regulations. When the S.S.E.C. or Ship Sanitation Exemption Certificate or their extension has expired or about to be expired, a thorough inspection of ships is carried out when the ship is empty or has little cargo. The ship sanitation exemption/ control certificate is then issued, which remains valid for 6 months. Tankers and Containerised vessels can be inspected when fully loaded or with water ballast.

 

IX. Issual of Health Clearance certificate for Clearance of Human Remains brought from Abroad

Human remains coming from abroad are cleared after verifying the death certificates and embalming certificates and clearance certificates is issued to relatives to take the dead body.

X. Vaccination against Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination is given on Wednesdays and Fridays except holidays. Details Given in the Service page.