Bureau of Quarantine assures strict flu screening in W. Visayas ports

January 15, 2013 11:18 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan 15 — Strict monitoring of international ports of entry in Western Visayas has been carried out even before the Department of Health gave the order on Tuesday in the wake of the flu cases in the U.S.

Bureau of Quarantine chief Dr. Lino Gregorio said that a temperature or thermal scanner has been installed at the Iloilo International Airport since the start of the international flights to Singapore and Hong Kong in November last year.

All passengers upon disembarking have to pass by the scanner. Passengers whose body temperature is 38 degrees and above have to be separated for examination, he added.

Meanwhile, quarantine doctors are deployed to foreign vessels that are about to dock at the Iloilo International Container Port in Loboc, Lapuz.

If passengers are found to have infectious diseases then they will not be allowed to dock.

So far he stated that they have not monitored a single passenger with a fever.

Gregorio noted that the strict monitoring of passengers coming from abroad has been going on since the time of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona has called for the strict monitoring of incoming passengers for flu-like symptoms in the wake of an early flu season in the United States. (PNA)

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