Port quarantine work at Mumbai port started in September 1800 as a measure against importation of Plague from the Persian Gulf area. Port Surgeon was given duties to check health of the persons on board the vessels coming from infected or suspected ports. In 1832 First set of Rules and Regulations for the quarantine work in the Presidency of Mumbai was Published and in1884 full time post of Health Officer of the port created and Port Health Org. Mumbai was established by British Govt. which was subsequently handed over to Govt. of India after Independence.
Port Health Org. Mumbai is covering one of the major Indian Port -Mumbai Port. In Mumbai port there are:
- Wet docks- Indira dock with 31 berths, Princess dock with 8 berths & Victoria dock with 14 berths, 2 Dry Docks and many berths for supply boats/country crafts / tugs/ barges etc.
- Jawahar Dweep 4 Jetties for POL cargo.
- Pirpau 3 Jetties for chemicals, CNG, LNG & LPG.
- 75 Anchorages.
- Many Container and cargo handling yards.
- Related to clearance of Vessels: -
- Clearance of Vessels: - Issuance of Radio & Free Pratique, HCl.
- Inspection and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificate to Vessels.
- Inspection of provision and Issuance of Provision certificate.
- Inspection and Issuance of Medicine chest certificate.
- Clearance of Dead body.
- Inspection of water supply to ships & water barges.
- Sanitary Inspection and Monitoring and Supervision of Sanitary, Vector & Rodent control in docks and surrounding areas.
- Monitoring and Supervision of sanitation of facilities for port users.
- Monitoring and Supervision of sanitation control of cargo handling areas and yards.
- Clearance of imported used clothing and woolen rags.
- Medical examination of fresh seamen as and when referred by the Shipping Master.
- Vaccination for Yellow Fever Disease to International travelers.
- Licensing of Catering Establishments.
- Other activities: -
- Support in case of Local Events.
- Accidents, Chemical- Gas Leakage- On board, Port area.
- Facilitating on board/ in port first aid.
- Facilitating quick transfer of injured/ affected.
- Coordination with Port trust medical unit/ local hospitals etc.
- Coordination with Customs/Immigration/Security / Port Trust / Port Operators / agent etc.
- Clearance of Passenger ships.
- Deployment of additional manpower.
- Coordination with National / state /local agencies in case of emergency as per emergency.
During Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
- Activation of PHECP and functions as per PHECP.
- Training of other stakeholders regarding PHEIC /any health-related event about the event, prevention, control, use of PPE etc