Port Health Kenya

2113 Words Aug 8th, 2013 9 Pages
1. Citing pertinent examples describe the roles of an environmental health officer/PHO in ports of entry.
The roles of a public Health Officer in the ports of entry are many but they all fall under or rather are there for the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR).It is also the most important role of a PHO in ports of entry or of exit. • Ensuring compliance to Public Health Laws, Standards and requirements.
Some of the roles they play include; * Implementation of the international Health regulations role
Public health officers in Member states have the role of implementing IHR in their countries. The purpose and scope of these Regulations are to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health
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This includes any concerns raised by other medical disciplines at the port, pilots or other supervisors. * Approve building plans and layouts Role
PHOs also scrutinize plans and documentation regarding improvement of port area for approval and surrounding areas. They inspect building plans and layouts to ensure compliance with public health requirements inclusive of safe port health issues.
These buildings may be warranted by inadequate Premises and Facilities for the delivery of Port Health Services at the Airports. Or non availability of adequate quarantine facilities.

* Revenue collection for chargeable services
PHOs also collect revenue at the ports for some of the services they offer. Some of the services that earn revenue include vaccination services, special inspection of goods, and issuance of various certificates among others.

* Notification Role
They are also supposed or have the responsibility to report any notifiable diseases to the WHO through their country national offices so that abrupt action can be taken worldwide and locally to prevent further spread.
This also ensures that resources not locally available are able to be sourced out as soon as possible to curb the problem at hand.

* Liasing Role

The public health professionals also liaise with other stakeholders in implementation of port health activities. Some of these stakeholders include Police and
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