The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic began in Wuhan, reported cases reached 14,380 and the number of deaths was above 300 in only one month – January 2020, causing severe respiratory disease including pneumonia and spreading globally. In the period of February 2020, South Korea made international headlines as one of the worst-hit the coronavirus infection country with around 800 cases in one day. Due to the skyrocket spread of the virus, WHO named the novel coronavirus its official name: COVID-19 on 11 February 2020, when the death toll from the outbreak recorded over 1,000 victims. A month later, European countries have been hit 44,500 cases much harder than Asian nations and have spread the virus significantly more than other regions. Until now, COVID-19 spread across the world, with more than 8 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. Nearly 450,000 people have lost their lives.
SAGS implements disinfection measures on ground equipment and the workplace, as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
The COVID-19 has been declared a Public Health Emergency, causing international concerns. Several industries recorded a serious fall in revenue, and the aviation industry is not an exception. In recent days, the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country and the world has been complicated. According to the Ministry of Health's announcement, most of the positive cases are those returning from abroad, and this further increases the interest of the community in terms of prevention and control projects being implemented in aviation industry.
Based on official dispatch, instructions from the Ministry of Transport and Aviation Administration of Vietnam, Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) have issued documents and notices on prevention and control of disease infections. Saigon Ground Services Jsc. (SAGS) has taken several spectacular measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, enhance health resistance and provide guidance for front-line employees such as providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), more than 50,000 medical masks, 27,000 pairs of disposable gloves and 800 bottle of hand sanitizers. SAGS have also implemented safety disinfection for all ground equipment prior using for the next service process at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Da Nang International Airport (DAD), and Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR). In order to limit direct crowded interaction, SAGS take advantage of technology platforms to design diverse online courses and online meetings working as one of the effectiveness information exchange and communication methods.
SAGS applies posters to remind employees of the risk of coronavirus
To comply with required disease prevention and control measures from functional agencies, the company has applied modern information technology applications such as deploying remote working plans; online conferencing systems, allowing employees to exchange information anywhere, anytime without meeting face-to-face. The professional meetings are held simultaneously at many places inside and outside the headquarters to minimize the organization of crowded activities.
Due to the current entry restriction imposed by government of several countries on international commercial flights to limit the spread of epidemic, air cargo service has been a vital partner in delivering medicines, medical equipment to enhance the economy and meet customer requirements. During this period, SAGS was honored to successfully serve the first cargo flight with around 7.573 ton cargo in the passenger compartment and 26.292 ton cargo at the lower deck compartment operated by wide-body aircraft from various international airline partners.
SAGS’ employees seriously prevented the spread of coronavirus pandemic disease
SAGS regularly updates the latest information and recommendations from the medical units and the epidemic prevention department, and also monitors notifications for flight service activities from other state management agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aviation Department, Immigration Department, etc. and foreign airlines, diplomatic agencies to ensure the rights, convenience together with the safety of passengers on the plane.