Mowasalat has asked its drivers to wear face masks as much as possible during duty hours as a precautionary measure while dealing with the customers. A senior company official told Gulf Times yesterday that this has been done in view of the H1N1 flu scare in the region’s states. The company has distributed adequate numbers of protective masks to its drivers. The steps were taken on instructions from the Supreme Health Council (SHC), the company official said.
“Our drivers, especially those operating the public transport buses are dealing with the public in large numbers and hence they have been asked not to take any chances,” said the official. The company spokesman said taxi drivers too have been given similar instructions, he added.
Elaborating on the issue, the senior company official said drivers of school buses have been told to take additional care while dealing with students, especially the younger ones.
“Our employees have been told not only to wear the face masks but also to report to concerned officials in case any child showed any visible signs of illness while travelling on board,” said the official.
As a precautionary measure, the public transport, school buses and taxis are sprayed with disinfectants at least twice a day these days. “The company has started such protective measures at least three weeks ago as there were reports of H1N1 flu scare in the region,” added the official.
As part of its preparedness, the company drivers underwent a host of health awareness sessions in the last three weeks. Doctors and other health officials briefed the participants in audio-visual sessions of 90 minutes or more. Each session was attended by not less than 200 drivers, added the company official.
The official said the company would continue to hold its awareness sessions for its staff until the flu scare is wiped out.
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