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The Health Ministry is planning to have digital led displays to advise passengers of the availability of medical help at the Bandaranaike International airport (BIA) in times of a threat of carrying contractible diseases.
Quarantine Director, Palitha Karunapema said that tender procedures are on to order three 60 inch televisions to be displayed in strategic areas of the BIA to advise inbound passengers who may come from countries that have seasonal outbreaks of contractible diseases including MERCS and Zika.
He said that the televisions when obtained in a month, would be displayed close to the immigration counter, baggage counter and the health help desk.
He maintained that led televisions will eliminate the cumbersome process of distributing leaflets to passengers and messages could be sent out to passengers quickly and efficiently.
Dr. Karunapema said that at present the Health Ministry has set up banners at the BIA to warn passengers who arrive from South American and Caribbean countries and that the number of voluntary passengers reporting to the clinic is very minimal.
“We would think of distributing leaflets if the alert levels by the World Health Organization (WHO) go up,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr. Karunapema said that plans are in place to distribute leaflets to specific airlines carrying passengers from affected parts of the world.