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Stringent measures in place to check entry of SARS

posted on 03/05/2003: 1510 views



While the Ministry of Health (MoH) is considering developing an effective mechanism to deny entry to people coming from SARS-stricken zone into the UAE, stringent safety check-ups have been adopted at the airport for people coming from SARS-affected regions.



A senior official at the MoH has said that studies are under way to devise an effective mechanism for implementing the ban adopted by the ministry as a precautionary measure, in accordance with the guidelines of the WHO, to check the import of the disease. He said the move required co-ordination between different authorities and institutions and its implementation should be carried out in stages to guarantee the efficiency of the ban.



At Abu Dhabi International Airport, meanwhile, passengers arriving on board an Air China flight, which arrived from Taipei at 3am on Thursday, were subjected to a thorough check-up by the newly-installed thermal scanner. However, as a precautionary shield against the import of the virus into the country, authorities at the airport did not allow transit passengers to disembark from their flights. According to the airport sources, since the scanner was installed on Wednesday hundreds of passengers coming from SARS-affected countries had been scanned for abnormal temperature.



The medical team of the Ministry of Health (MoH) at the airport, assisted by Dr Peter Leando, a WHO's training technician from the American College of Clinical Thermology conducted check-ups using the hi-tech thermal scanner on 37 Asian passengers arriving in the country for any signs of high temperature and other symptoms. Khaleej Times followed the check-up procedures where no suspected cases were detected. (The Khaleej Times)

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