Govt issues SOPs for passengers, cargo at border crossings points
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services on Sunday issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) in border management measures for passengers and cargo at land crossings in wake of COVID-19 situation.
According to Ministry of National Health Services, these SOPs were issued for both the authorities and health officials in land border management measures to protect health and ensure the safe deliveries of critical goods and essential cargo services.
It said that for general preparations at land crossings and border check points, it was of utmost importance that necessary preparations were made at land crossing to effectively deal with the challenge of COVID-19.
As per SOPs, the government has made it mandatory to ensure average number of travelers crossing the borders per day and demarcation of screening premises, temporary Isolation areas, waiting areas and quarantine facilities for suspected or infected travelers.
It will also be obligatory of availability of necessary equipment such as thermal guns, thermo scanners, PPE etc. besides identification and employment of trained staff at health counters.
The SOPs ensured clear guidelines to the staff for their roles and responsibilities and establishing coordination with concerned agencies and departments including law enforcement agency (LEA), FIA, relevant provincial officials, DG Health or District Health Officer or availability of ambulances through relevant department. - APP