CIAC, DOH strictly monitoring passengers from Middle East for MERS-CoV


CLARK FREEPORT: Passengers arriving at the Clark International Airport from the Middle East are strictly being monitored by the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) and the Department of Health (DOH) in light of the dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

CIAC president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano, in a meeting Tuesday with the BoQ and DOH, cited the importance that all CIAC personnel and other government agencies at the Clark Airport Passenger Terminal are aware of the deadly virus so as to prevent the spread of the deadly disease in the country.

Luciano said that CIAC and the BoQ have already put in place several contingency measures at Clark airport such as a quarantine holding room for suspected carriers of MERS-CoV.

CIAC also tapped the services of the CIAC Emergency Services, including its medical personnel for emergency response to attend to passengers suspected of being afflicted with the disease.

Dr. Jay Cruz, quarantine medical officer at the CIA, said that they have already made preparations for the strict monitoring of passengers arriving at Clark Airport which includes the use of a thermal scanner.

Cruz said that the thermal scanner is currently in operation 24 hours a day to monitor passengers coming from the Middle East.

Clark Airport is host to Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines which fly from Doha, Qatar and Dubai from the United Arab Emirates.

“We are strictly monitoring the passengers especially those coming from the Middle East. So far, we have not detected any passenger suspected of having the disease,” Cruz said.

He said that the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in the City of San Fernando has been designated as the regional hospital in Pampanga to hold persons suspected to be afflicted with MERS-CoV. PNA


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