Trucks entering Meghalaya will now be disinfected at entry points

Shillong: Aiming to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Meghalaya government has now made certain protocols for truck drivers and handymen entering the state for transporting essential commodities.

The health and family welfare secretary on Wednesday issued an order that trucks will have to be disinfected at the entry points, drivers and handymen scanned and provided with masks and hand sanitizers. Registration has to be done at those entry points by giving their full name, address, contact number, travel history for the last 14 days and details of any symptoms of fever, cough, breathing difficulty, etc.

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.

“Such people are to carry packed food and will not be allowed any stoppages except under extreme circumstances. They should not come out of the vehicle except when they need to use the washroom which is available at petrol pumps, which are to ensure that the washrooms are kept in clean condition with enough bleaching powder and running water,” the health and family welfare department’s order said.

They should stay at an identified place in case they are required to stay for the night and to inform authorities concerned accordingly, for loading and unloading commodities, the agency concerned should make arrangements for local labourers available to assist them. They will have to maintain hand hygiene, cough etiquette (wearing masks) and social distancing, the order said.

The order also said that IEC materials in Hindi and Khasi will have to be handed over to them for constant reference.

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