A new thermal scanner has been installed at the arrival area of the Puerto Princesa City International Airport (PPCIA) as a measure to contain the Covid-19 virus.
Mayor Lucilo Bayron announced the city government’s installation at the international airport of the fever-detecting tool on Monday during the flag ceremony at the City Hall, claiming it is part of the preventive measures to stop the entry and spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
He said the City Health Office (CHO) is in charge of the thermal scanner, staying on duty from 5 a.m. until the last flight departs.
“Na-install na ang nabili natin na thermal scanner sa domestic arrival ng PPCIA. Maganda ‘yon kasi talagang sabay-sabay niyang nade-detect ang temperature ng bawat isang dumarating. Kapag nagdu-duty sila ay mula alas singko hanggang matapos ang flights,” he said.
Bayron said everyone should take Covid-19 as a “serious disease” now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has increased its risk assessment to “very high” across the world.
People should be reminded to always “stay healthy” by following the advice of health authorities on how to avoid it.
“Nasa highest level na ang Covid-19 ayon sa WHO dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso. Dumarami rin ang mga countries with confirmed cases kaya hindi talaga natin maiwasan na pag-usapan ito,” he said.
Previously, he said that the city government’s Task Force 2019-nCoV is planning to put up an isolation tent that will serve as a quarantine ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.
He said it is for quarantining purposes in case travelers who have been exposed to the Covid-19 from Wuhan, China need to be isolated for 14 days.
“Napag-usapan na magkaroon or mag-identify ng alternative isolation area kasi may mga kababayan tayo na baka i-isolate, hindi naman natin puwedeng bitawan sila agad. Bibili na lang ng tent,” he said.
Bayron also said that masks, gloves, goggles, laboratory gowns, thermal gun/infrared thermometers, thermal scanner, and basic medications will be provided for health front-liners.
Meanwhile, a disaster fund has been used for the emergency procurement of these gear and equipment.