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Security ministry gets fever scan machine to help in Ebola detection

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited has donated a fever scan machine to the Ministry of National Security to aid in the detection of Ebola.



The body scanning machine is valued at US$38,000.



The machine uses an infra-red technology to detect individuals with elevated body temperatures.



President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Richard Byles says the company made the donation to help the country keep Ebola out of the country.



Byles also pointed out that Jamaica’s economy, especially in the area of tourism, could be adversely affected if Ebola is to make its way into the country.



The Sagicor boss says he wants the machine to be installed in time for the busy Christmas seasons when airport traffic is at its peak.



The new fever scan machine will be installed at the Sangster International Airport.



Byles also appealed to the business sector to come on board and contribute to the acquisition of another four machines which are needed for the Norman Manley International Airport and the three major seaports where tens of thousands of tourists arrive on cruise ships.



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