Guyana acquires more infrared thermometers to boost Ebola screening

Minister Benn displays one of the infrared thermometers. [iNews' Photo]


By Kurt Campbell

Minister Benn displays one of the infrared thermometers. [iNews' Photo]
Minister Benn displays one of the infrared thermometers. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has acquired a batch of 36 infrared thermometers as it continues to carry out screening for the deadly Ebola virus at several ports of entry across the country.

This was disclosed by Transport Minister, Robeson Benn, who said the initiative is being done in conjunction with other efforts by the Ministry of Health.

He said the main port – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) – has already been supplied with some of these instruments.

Others will be supplied to officials at the Ogle International Airport, Moleson Creek, Lethem and Canawaima crossings and the Maritime Administration (MARAD).

The Ministry of Health has assured that all local and international passengers will be subject to screening at the Ogle and Cheddi Jagan Airports as a full Ebola preparedness and prevention awareness and training initiative is being rolled out.

Guyana has a mass preparedness campaign on-stream as the dreaded Ebola virus continues to cause worldwide uproar.

Some 1, 600 medical professionals have commenced training on dealing with the virus and the necessary approach towards administering care to persons who have contracted the virus as opposed to those who are suspected to have it.

In addition, emphasis will be placed on safety and precautionary measures for health care providers, who may come in contact with an infected person or environment, as the Ebola is highly contagious and spreads rapidly through direct or indirect contact with bodily fluids.



  1. What measures have been taken for the staff at these ports of entry? They are not being provided with even a glove, if you see them with one, it’s from their own pockets


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