Seamen coming ashore to be screened

  • Nation
  • Monday, 07 Apr 2003

PETALING JAYA: Seamen who arrive in Malaysia within 14 days of leaving a focus country will have to be screened for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) if they want to come ashore, said Transport Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai. 

“We will see if their last port of call within the last 14 days was from countries like Taiwan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong. If they don’t come ashore but remain onboard, then they will not be screened.” 

“But as far as the shipowners are concerned, they are discouraging the crew members from coming ashore and instead are isolating themselves,” he said.  

Lim also said that there were alert centres at two major ports – Port Klang and Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas – which would contact SARS-dedicated hospitals if they encountered any suspect cases. 

“We have informed port authorities to work closely with Health Ministry and to act quickly if they receive anyone with SARS symptoms.”  

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