Bohol-Panglao airport equipped with thermal scanners; on alert vs coronavirus

By J. Jala | 02:52 PM January 22, 2020

The Bohol-Panglao Internarional Airport (BPIA) is equipped with thermal scanner contrary to reports that it has no equipment to detect travelers who are ill.

The airport also conducts preemptive measures on this.

According to PEMS Melinda Mendez-Basalo, Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) personnel were at the airport to see if any travelers were ill.

“Ever since our International Flights started from Tagbilaran Airport, our DOH Human Quarantine Personnel have been monitoring all passengers from Korea, Hong Kong and China through their Thermal Scanners to assure Bohol will not be contaminated with Viruses from other countries!!!” she posted on her Facebook account.

However, the airport has only one thermal scanner.

During an emergency meeting, there are two Chinese nationals are suspected of Coronavirus.

Due to the recent appearance of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, the Bohol- Panglao International Airport (BPIA) had tightened its medical quarantine protocols to prevent the virus’ entry into the country.

According to the BOQ, an individual with a body temperature of 36.5 degrees Celcius would set off the scanner’s alarm.

The passenger would then be scanned with a handheld digital thermometer to confirm the fever.

If confirmed, the traveler would be given a medical examination and would be interviewed about their travel history.

Passengers with flu symptoms are advised to visit a doctor.

There is at least one direct international flight from Chengdu, China that lands at the BPIA.

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