Par­ents urged to mon­i­tor chil­dren at Salalah Tourism Fes­ti­val venues

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The ROP has urged par­ents and guardians to keep an eye on their chil­dren at the Salalah Tourism Fes­ti­val which is un­der way.

There are sys­tems in place to re­unite lost chil­dren with their par­ents as quickly as pos­si­ble. “There is a strong ROP pres­ence at the Salalah Tourism Fes­ti­val. Our of­fi­cers es­cort lost chil­dren to a des­ig­nated area in the fes­ti­val grounds, or guide par­ents there if they are look­ing for their child. A pub­lic ad­dress (PA) sys­tem is also in place to get the mes­sage across,” said an ROP of­fi­cial.

“We urge par­ents to keep their chil­dren close to them all the time. We reg­u­larly re­mind fes­ti­val-go­ers this via our PA sys- tems. Par­ents, fes­ti­val-go­ers and chil­dren are wel­come to ask the mu­nic­i­pal­ity staff too, who all carry badges, to guide them to the des­ig­nated lo­ca­tions in these sit­u­a­tions.”

The of­fi­cial said par­ents and guardians are re­quired to show their iden­tity cards/res­i­dent cards be­fore tak­ing pos­ses­sion of the lost child.

Hun­dreds of ROP of­fi­cers from dif­fer­ent branches are par­tic­i­pat­ing as the Sup­port Force in the Salalah Tourism Fes­ti­val.

The Sup­port Force con­sists of of­fi­cers, non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the dif­fer­ent branches of the ROP and the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil De­fence and Am­bu­lances.

Yousuf Khan, who has vis­ited Salalah Tourism Fes­ti­val said that he was very happy with the ar­range­ments. “I saw two chil­dren cry­ing af­ter they got sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies in the crowd,” he said.

Khan took the chil­dren to the near­est ROP booth meant to re­port lost cases. “The per­son­nel made an­nounce­ment through their PA sys­tem. Though it took about half an hour, both the chil­dren were re­united with their fam­ily mem­bers.”

Bushra al Raisi, who took her two daugh­ters too was sat­is­fied with the ar­range­ments. “I make it a point not to leave the hands of my chil­dren at any point,” she said. “Peo­ple should be care­ful and mon­i­tor the move­ment of chil­dren in crowded places to com­pletely avoid a sit­u­a­tion of panic.”

Salalah Tourism Fes­ti­val ends on Au­gust 31.

(Source: ROP)

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