[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Ministry of Health team led by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, held a full Ebola preparedness and prevention awareness and training meeting with senior personnel of Ogle Airport Management and Ogle Airport airline operators and handling agents on Friday, October 17 at Ogle Airport.
A press release from the Airport noted that the urgent implementation for the training and equipping of airline check-in staff, including security personnel, airport handling companies, Immigration and Customs officers, aircraft cleaning companies and cleaners and airport taxi drivers was reviewed at the meeting.
“Ogle Airport, in fact, even prior to the implementation of the country’s emergency programme to address the international spread of the Ebola virus, has had in place, standard operating procedures for the observation and evaluation, administered by the Port Health Authority, of international passengers who may be infected with communicable diseases,” the released noted.
It was noted that all passengers on regular international flights arriving from Barbados and Suriname and domestic flights from Lethem, on the Brazilian border, are already being screened with regard to their original points of origin and are now being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus as well as other communicable diseases.
The procurement of portable thermo-scanning equipment for use at Ogle Airport, and already in use at CJI Airport, is in place.
According to the release, the Ministry of Health team along with Ogle Airport officials examined facilities for quarantining passengers demonstrating symptoms of infection and identified a suitable area for isolating aircraft that may have been carrying an infected passenger.