The newly identified Coronavirus has made world headlines, as it is suspected to have caused the death of nine people and over 400 have been diagnosed with the illness. If the prevalence of the virus increases, Steamship notes that the shipping industry should first and foremost look after the health of crew members, but it can also face reporting and quarantine measures to guard against the spread of the disease, as well as issues in terms of charterparties.
The UK P&I Club launched recommendations on how to support crew that suffers from back pain, an impact which may be caused by day to day heavy lifting and shipboard activities. Back pain is a major cause of disability on a global scale, while it is also a common health problem experienced in the maritime workplace.
13 January 2020 marks the “National Obesity Awareness Week” in the UK, in efforts to raise awareness on the “overweight issue” that severely impacts the lives of people and most importantly those of seafarers’, as it poses a barrier for seafarers during their duty and heavily impacts their health.
A research by Cardiff University explored mental health and well-being among seafarers. The key finding was that more than half (55%) of employers asked said they had not introduced any policies or practices to address mental health for a decade.
While it’s healthy to have some stress in our life, too much can be detrimental to our well-being. Stress is actually our body’s automatic reaction to threat and is essential for survival. It makes its appearance when someone feels overwhelmed and unable to cope with a situation. However, these feelings can result in reduced work performance and health problems.
Toothaches can cause such an intense pain that no one is easy to withstand for long time. Especially for seafarers on duty, severe toothache is difficult to be treated with the medication means included in the ship’s medical chest.
During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Nanda Kumar Krishnan, CEO & Founder, Evitalz Information Management Pvt. Ltd, gave emphasis on the health of crew on board. As he explains, digitalization and new technologies that have given the possibility for maritime telehealth to evolve, thus helping seafarers. Such technologies bring shore-like services on board, making diagnoses easier.
During the first SAFETY4SEA Forum in Manila, Gavin Lim, Regional Development Manager for Asia, Sailors’ Society talked about wellness at sea training and surveys, highlighting that companies should adopt new ways to engage in promoting on board health and well-being, since the current definition of wellness looks at the human being’s holistic nature.
The UK P&I Club alerts that the Philippines declared an outbreak of POLIO in September this year and a number of countries have reacted by introducing a requirement for polio vaccine from Filipino seafarers, when visiting certain ports.
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