NMIA gets hand-held thermal sensors
Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson yesterday handed over four hand-held thermal sensors to the Port Health staff stationed at the Norman Manley International Airport as part of Ebola preparedness activities.
Ferguson said the Sangster International Airport, as well as other points of entry will also receive thermal sensors to monitor arriving passengers and assist in detecting fever which is one of the symptoms of Ebola virus disease.
“The Norman Manley International Airport should get a total of eight devices and a similar number will be handed over to Sangster International Airport. We expect to acquire about 20 of these devices for our points of entry as part of the Ebola Preparedness and Response Strategy,” Ferguson said.
Meanwhile, Ferguson said the ministry is in dialogue with a private company to acquire a larger walk through temperature scanner to be installed at the airports. “We are presently in dialogue with a private company to get this machine at no cost to us. This will also assist our surveillance and detection efforts where Ebola is concerned,” Ferguson said.
The four hand-held thermal sensors were purchased in the United States and donated to the Ministry of Health by the husband of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Errald Miller.
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