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Goa to invoke Epidemic Act once tourist season starts: Minister

PTI  Panaji, August 05, 2009
First Published: 23:34 IST(5/8/2009) | Last Updated: 23:36 IST(5/8/2009)

The Goa Government on Wednesday said it would invoke the Epidemic Act only after the tourist season begins in the coastal state in September end.

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"We do not intend to invoke the Epidemic Act at this point of time. But once the tourist season starts, we will put into effect this Act," State Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane told PTI in Panaji, after commissioning 30 new paramedics in the state health services.

"Maharashtra has invoked the Act because there are thousands of international guests arriving at its airport. We don't feel it is required for Goa at this moment," he said, adding that all the guidelines prescribed by the Union Health Ministry are being adhered strictly to deal with swine flu.

The tourist season will bring in guests from across the world to the state, many of whom can be from flu-affected countries, Rane said.

Hence, the state government has asked for additional equipment to be installed at the airport to screen the patients, he said.

"I have spoken to Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel asking for a scanner," the Minister added.

Goa receives around four lakh foreign tourists annually, mostly from European countries.


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