Kazakhstan joins an Arrangement for health risks management in civil aviation
Protection of the Kazakh residents from various diseases during flights is currently the priority agenda for the Civil Aviation Committee of Kazakhstan. The Committee decided to join the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA). The Program was established by both the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) following the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003. The parties decided to join forces against the spread of the diseases among passengers and crew.
“This applies not only to the spread of coronavirus, but also other diseases such as Ebola virus, as well as diseases with high risk factors. The Collaborative Arrangement creates a mechanism for managing risks of infections on the international level. Currently, the CAPSCA includes large organizations such as the WHO, ICAO, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airports Council International (ACI) and others. The result of such cooperation is a large international collaboration, which enables Kazakhstan to manage the risks related to disease transmission. Having joined the international community, we now can share best practices on how we control the spread of the disease,” stated the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan will be able to receive information on the fight against the novel coronavirus in domestic aviation as part of the CAPSCA project. The studies on how to minimize the risks of COVID-19 infection during flights are being conducted non-stop. The measures taken in relation to the Kazakh air carriers are the same as in the whole world.
“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, hundreds of scientific articles have been published and a huge research work has been done. In the report, prepared on the basis of an expert assessment by IATA medical consultants and the group of medical directors of 10 largest airlines, as well as the reports of 70 airlines (representing half of the world passenger flow), there were no reported cases of COVID-19 transmission from passenger to passenger during flights,” reported the press office of Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee.
Meantime, the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan appointed one of its medical staff and an operational expert to participate in the CAPSCA online forums. The meetings are held on a regular basis with civil aviation stakeholders in close collaboration with the WHO, public health authorities and the ICAO coordinators. They are jointly discussing the solutions to prevent the disease transmission.
“When working on global issues, participation in the work of the bodies set up to provide a forum for discussing these measures is essential. Kazakhstan by joining this organization will not only be able to participate and contribute to global measures, but also will benefit from the fact that its contribution will keep the risk of infection transmission at a minimum level, as low as it is practically possible,” the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan stated.