ICT issues SOPs for cattle markets to prevent spread of COVID-19.

 
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Byline: Tahir Niaz

ISLAMABAD -- Capital Territory (ICT) administration has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the cattle markets opened in the city to prevent spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

According to details, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, the district administration, District Health Office, Ministry of Health Services Regulation and Coordination, Islamabad have finalized the SOPs to prevent and control spread of these communicable diseases.

As per these SOPs, the administrators of cattle markets have been directed to establish these markets at designated points (2-5 KM away from city limits) while their number and size would depend on the cattle base and transportation facilities.

It has also been directed to ensure that each market must have space for setting up a cattle farm, a well ventilated management office, medical and veterinary camps, spacious parking lots, separately for vehicles carrying cattle and for customers while separate entry and exit points for one way controlled movement under the SOPs.

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The management will ensure controlled entry to the cattle market and the parking area will be marked as such to ensure that vehicles are parked at a safe distance from each other while no vehicle will be allowed to enter unless the space is available.

Only two people per vehicle/car will be allowed and elderly people and children may not be allowed to enter the market. People with fever or respiratory symptoms are advised not to visit the cattle markets.

Cattle will be kept in appropriately distanced areas and customers will not be allowed to mix up with them inside the farms.

Cattle would be pegged at distance inside the farms so that close gathering of customers could be avoided during the inspection of animals.

It has been directed that cattle markets should provide hand-hygiene facilities (hand-washing with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer) at entry point and multiple other places within the market areas.

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No person will be allowed to enter the market without a facemask either for sale/purchase of animals or staff involved in market management.

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