Panaji: State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has taken up the case for safety of Goa insisting that fliers be checked for covid-19 infection before they are allowed to enter the state.
Rane on Saturday said that it is important to ensure that the passengers entering the state by air are asked to carry coronavirus negative certificate.
Goa is readying to have domestic flights resume their service in the state from May 25 onwards, with 15 flights from destinations like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Mydore and others bringing in the air travelers in the coastal state.
“It is very important to ensure that the passengers entering the state of Goa by air are asked to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate with all stringent measures in place,” Rane said in a statement released here.
“Goa should lead by example in establishing a comprehensive SOP and implementing strict measures,” he said.
Rane said “I am confident that our Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant who has been very proactive will support us in drawing up strong and stringent SOPs, that will help us majorly in order to curb community transmission and keep Goa safe.”
The minister said every state government has been given the flexibility to draft its own SOPS with regards to passengers coming into the state.
“I have discussed and taken this up with the Chief Minister to ensure the safety of the people of Goa.
We shall also be relying on a COVID-19 negative certificate from a recognized laboratory for people boarding the flight from their respective state.”
“This will help in preventing community transmission and go a long way in keeping Goa safe,” he added.
“ I am confident that our CM will join us in this fight against COVID19 and help us establish stringent protocols to keep Goa safe,” Rane said.
Earlier during the day, Rane had requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to allow them to conduct antibody testing of the passenger upon their arrival.
“In the interest of our state, I have requested @ICMRDELHI and Ministry of Civil Aviation to permit us to conduct antibody testing of the passengers and the passengers to be issued a COVID negative certificate to enter the state via domestic flights from Monday, 24th May onwards,” Rane had tweeted.
“Such testing will help us identify asymptomatic patients while screening them at the airport to avoid community transmission. In keeping with my discussion with the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, we are looking forward to a positive response,” he had tweeted further.
Goa has 38 active cases which has tested positive for COVID-19 infection while 16 have recovered.