What is International Medical Guide for ships and its contents?

The International Medical Guide for Ships shows designated first-aid providers how to diagnose, treat, and prevent the health problems of seafarers on board ship.

The International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 stipulates that all ships shall carry a medicine chest, medical equipment and a medical guide. The International Medical Guide for Ships supports a main principal of that convention; to ensure that seafarers are given health protection and medical care as comparable as possible to that which is generally available to workers ashore

In other words it can be explained as:

The role of “International Medical Guide for Ships” (IMGS)  as being a guide for medical treatment on board, as well as for the content of the medical chest, makes in inevitable to discuss the two aspects in context.

International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) establishes a Workgroup on International Guidelines on Medical Chest on Board (WGMC).

The WGMC shall work in close cooperation with

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