Bureau of Quarantine personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) invited two Filipino passengers who arrived from the Middle East last Saturday afternoon for health check-up as part of preventive measures against deadly viruses.
The male passenger’s temperature registered more than 37 degrees in the thermal digital scanners, while the female passenger was escorted after her quarantine checklist revealed she had a history of fever before flying back home.
Arriving passengers at the NAIA terminals are required to submit their health alert and checklist that they must fill out for future references.
Quarantine staff stationed at the checklist lane immediately separated the two arriving Filipinos from other passengers.
According to Bureau of Quarantine physician Ramon Barlisan, the Filipinos were passengers of Qatar Airways.
The NAIA and other airports nationwide have been placed on heightened alert for arriving passengers who may have been infected by Ebola or any other deadly virus.
Early Ebola symptoms include fever, body ache, headache, cough and loose bowel.
Barlisan, quoting the Department of Health, said despite the spread of Ebola in West African countries, there is still no cause for alarm in the Philippines.
He added that their concern is to screen all passengers who might have fever upon arrival at the airport to make sure that any disease will not spread in the country.
Barlisan said NAIA has adequate quarantine facilities to properly monitor and screen travelers from abroad.
According to him, the male passenger was eventually released from the quarantine clinic when his temperature become normal after taking a rest for several minutes.
Medical doctors also let the female passenger to go.
The government late last month imposed a ban on travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone amid an outbreak of the tropical virus there.
Filipinos returning from the three West African countries as well as citizens from there will be strictly screened at airports and their health status monitored daily for a month after their arrival.