The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is fully supporting the Bureau of Quarantine’s plan to conduct an Ebola awareness campaign in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado, in a statement said that the awareness campaign will be done for government and non-government personnel who have direct interaction with passengers.
Honrado explained that the intention of the campaign is to keep everyone informed about Ebola and how they can do their jobs everyday without living in fear or anxiety.
He further noted that the campaign is not at all meant to instigate fear or alarm the public or airport workers.
“To the best we can and as far as allowable under government regulations, we are willing to support the Bureau of Human Quarantine to run an awareness campaign in NAIA,” Honrado said.
“While there is news in tri-media, it’s different when you hear it from people of authority to speak on the issue,” he added.
Honrado’s show of support came on the heels of the call of the World Health Organization (WHO) to step-up public awareness on Ebola so people will not get unnecessarily scared.
The WHO has also declared Ebola as a “public health emergency of international concern”.
To recall, MIAA has done the same collaboration with the Bureau of Quarantine during the SARS outbreak in 2002.
It was also in that same year that thermal scanners were procured and more health screeners were hired to strengthen NAIA’s border control against SARS.
Thermal screening has since been a Standard Operating Procedure conducted on inbound passengers as they deplane. PNA