PONTIAN: The more than 5,000 passengers who entered the state through the Kukup International Ferry Terminal here underwent health screening in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Johor public works, infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said the temperature screening for all passengers at the jetty was carried out by personnel from the Pontian District Health Department.
He said the exercise began on Jan 29 and all 5,000 passengers screened had recorded normal body temperature.
Mohd Solihan, who visited the ferry terminal to check on the health screenings, said the terminal offered ferry service between Kukup and Tanjung Balai in Karimun, Indonesia, with five departures to Kukup on a daily basis.
He said on average, 470 passengers passed through the terminal every day.
During his visit, he distributed face masks to passengers.
Mohd Solihan said Johor health department had held briefings on steps to curb the infection for staff of the Public Transportation Corporation of Johor and other relevant agencies which conduct operations at the terminal.
Also present during the visit were Johor education, health and human resources committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan and Johor state assembly speaker Suhaizan Kayat.
Mohd Solihan added that ferry operators were told to notify health officers at the jetty if they spotted any of their workers or passengers with symptoms such as coughing or having a fever.
“Passengers with symptoms will then be isolated in a special room before being transferred to Sultanah Aminah Hospital, ” he said.
He urged staff at the terminal to use face masks as they were dealing with a huge number of people daily.
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