Airports, seaports urged to use thermal scanners

first_imgAccording to Dr. Marlyn Convocar,regional director of the Department of Health, information stated in the cardswould make contact tracing of passengers faster and more efficient. Arriving airline and ship passengersmust fill out the cards that ask, among others, their travel and healthhistories, among others. Those who have travelledto countries with positive 2019-nCoV cases are encouraged to coordinate withtheir local health offices and have themselves checked should they experiencefever or respiratory diseases./PN PUIs are individuals whohave fever or respiratory infection and a history of travel to China within thelast 14 days or a history of exposure to a confirmed 2019-nCoV case. Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 use thermal imaging cameras to detect travelers with signs of coronavirus. CNN PH Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo,the RPOC chairperson, said his provincial government was ready to procureforehead thermometers for the seaports in the municipalities of Dumangas andEstancia if procuring thermal scanners was not viable. The RDC and RPOC wanted a tighterscreening of people entering the region through airports and seaports in a bidto keep Western Visayas free from the virus. DOH data showed that sevenof the 10 PUI were already discharged from the hospital while five were alreadytested negative for the 2019-nCoV. The test results of the others were yet tobe released. Airline companies must have thermalscanners, too, stressed the councils. Other airports in the region are theKalibo International Airport, Boracay Airport, Roxas City Airport, andBacolod-Silay Airport.center_img The RDC and RPOC also called onairport and seaport managements to implement the Health Declaration Cardprovided by the Department of Health (DOH). The Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloiloalready has two thermal scanners being used by Bureau of Quarantine personnelscreening arriving airline passengers. ILOILO City – To help detect peoplepossibly infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), airports and seaportsshould use thermal scanners that measure body temperature, according to theRegional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)in Western Visayas. The councils also urged the Departmentof Education to order schools to procure soaps, disinfectants, etc. for the useof students, and for the DOH to issue guidelines to tertiary schools which havestudents assigned in hospitals as part of their training on the manner ofhandling suspected cases of novel coronavirus. The RDC and RPOC held a joint meetingyesterday at the National Economic and Development Authority Building here. As of Feb. 4, DOH Region 6recorded a total of 10 persons under investigation (PUI) for nCoV in WesternVisayas. Six of these PUIs were from Aklan, two from Negros Occidental, and twofrom Iloilo City. DOH-6 emphasized that itwas closely working with local government units and concerned governmentagencies to intensify case detection and surveillance as well as infectionprevention and control measures. Fever is one of the symptoms of the2019-nCoV infection which originated in Wuhan City, China and has so far killed564 people and infected 28,018.last_img read more