Minister of Health visits airport to observe Infectious Disease Protocols

Port-of-Spain, January 23rd, 2020: The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, visited the Piarco International Airport today in the presence of the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram, the County Medical Officer of Health Dr. Osafo Fraser to gain a first hand perspective of the utility of the Thermal Screening Equipment, both hand held and fixed. The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the current protocols and procedures in place.

This equipment is being used as part of this country’s Infectious Disease Protocol and will be employed in the Government’s efforts to detect the possible entry of persons who may be displaying symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus. These scanners are also in place at the nation's major air and sea ports including the Port of Port of Spain and the Port of Cedros.

Officials at the Port Health Unit, Ministry of Health provided demonstrations and a detailed report of the measures that were implemented to assess the risk levels of travellers who enter this country. Special attention will be placed on passengers who’s travel history indicate that they would have journeyed from territories with confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus.

The thermal screening equipment is meant to identify passengers with above normal body temperatures which may be an indication of an infectious disease. Those passengers would be assessed, and if found to be exhibiting symptoms consistent with the Novel Coronavirus, they will be further evaluated to determine the appropriate course of action.

The Ministry of Health further advises members of the public to take the following steps to avoid contracting the Novel Coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms.
  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs before consumption.

The Ministry of Health remains committed to providing quality health care and information to the Trinidad and Tobago population.

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