Food vendors in trains reluctant to use gloves despite Nipah virus threat
Kasaragod: There have been complaints of food vendors on trains not using gloves while distributing food items. It is alleged that distributing snacks after touching currency notes and coins can cause health problems to passengers. The negligent handling of food is going on amidst the Nipah virus threat prevailing in the state.
Despite many requests, the vendors are reluctant to wear gloves or use tweezers to distribute food, said K. P. Ramakrishnan, vice president of North Malabar Railway Passengers Coordination Committee. He also said that they will lodge a complaint with the divisional Commercial Department of Railway.
Carrying food on open containers also lead to health issues. When the food is carried in coaches amidst heavy rush, sneezing or coughing by passengers can lead to infection. The vendors point out the difficulties in distributing snacks quickly before the train leaves. They said that it is hard to take the chutney and the like from the containers when they are closed.