Screening measures in order

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2020

Up to mark: Dr Wan Azizah being given a briefing on the security and control measures implemented to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. — Bernama

SEPANG: The measures put into place to screen visitors coming into Malaysia, especially those from China, are satisfactory, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said this following her inspection of security and control measures implemented at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) following the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our Immigration Department has taken the necessary steps to make it a smooth process, but at the same time, we are stern in taking steps to identify those who might have coronavirus infections through screenings.

“We will also check if there is a need to quarantine to curb the outbreak, ” she told reporters after her visit here yesterday.

She was accompanied by Deputy Health Minister, Dr Lee Boon Chye; Immigration director-general, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud, Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, as well as other top health and immigration officials.

Asked if there is a need to get more thermal scanners, Dr Wan Azizah said the number of scanners at the airport arrival area was sufficient.

“The Finance Ministry has considered whether we need more (than that).

“At the moment, we have enough to screen those who arrive using the present facilities, ” she said.

However, the number of (non-contact) thermometers has been increased as these are within the government’s financial capabilities, she added.

Earlier, she inspected the thermal scanners at the arrival hall area and proceeded to distribute face masks to travellers, the majority of whom were already wearing face masks at the departure and arrival halls of KLIA2.

Malaysia’s response team at all international entry points and health facilities across the country had been put on high alert following the outbreak caused by the coronavirus.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was quoted saying that all health units nationwide are on standby to tackle the outbreak which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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