Saturday, August 05, 2017

Airlines must report cases of communicable diseases on board to ATC for managing public health risk, says DGCA

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airlines to report cases of people on board with suspected communicable to the air traffic control (ATC) to "facilitate provision of medical equipment and personnel for the management of public health risk on arrival of aircraft."
A circular issued by DGCA's chief flight operations inspector Atul Chandra says all operators — schedule, non-schedule (charter) airlines and private planes — should incorporate this requirement in their operations manual by the end of this year.
Titled "reporting of communicable disease by pilot in command, Captain Chandra's circular says: "All operators engaged in commercial/ private operations are required to establish procedures to promptly report a suspected communicable disease to ATC.... health related legal requirements of countries of departure and/ or destination must be followed... A communicable disease could be suspected if a person on board has a fever that is associated with certain symptoms (example) appearing obviously unwell, persistent coughing, impaired breathing, persistent diarrhoea, persistent vomiting, skin rash, bruising or bleeding without previous history or confusion of recent onset."
04/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India