Cochin International Airport became the third airport in the country, after Delhi and Mumbai, to house a health and quarantine station established by central health services department. Director Deneral of health services Prof.(Dr.) Jagdish Prasad inaugurated the station at Cochin airport on 9th November 2015.
The facility has been set up in the wake of fears of the spread of yellow fever. Passengers landing in Kochi and suspected to be harboring the virus will be kept under observation at the station.Speaking at the inauguration, Dr. Prasad said that more such stations were on the anvil at Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai and Thiruchirappally.The centre for vaccination against yellow fever will commence operation in the same building soon.Managing director of CIAL, V.J. Kurian, who presided at the inauguration, said that the quarantine station was a long-standing demand and that passengers landing in Kochi and suspected to be harboring the yellow fever virus used to be sent to Delhi for observation till now. Airline operators had serious problems with this.Since January this year, there were a total of 33 passengers who landed in Kochi without proper documentation on their vaccination status. Twenty-seven of them were sent to the Delhi quarantine facility. At present, quarantine stations operate in Delhi and Mumbai.Yellow fever has been confirmed in 13 South American and 33 African countries and passengers coming from these countries must produce certificate of vaccination 10 days ahead of their travel or will be kept under observation at the quarantine stations.
Cochin International Airport Limited pitched in Rs. 1 crore to furnish the quarantine station in order to avoid the delay in commissioning of the facility. Sujeet K. Singh, deputy director general of health services, Dr.Megha Khobragade, asst,director, IHS, K.Sethuraman, FRRO, Abhilash Sreenivasan, deputy commissioner, Customs, Dr.Sisir Kumar Gupta, senior commandant, CISF, A.C.K. Nair,Airport Director, CIAL, A.M.Shabeer, ED, CIAL, Sunil Chacko, CFO, CIAL, R.S.D’cruz, airport director, AAI, A.Girish, chairman, AOC, Dr.Shamini, PHO were among those who spoke at the inauguration.