No thermal scanner at 4 northern land ports

Rezaul Karim Manik . Lalmonirhat | Published: 23:53, Feb 07,2020


Authorities have yet to set up thermal scanners in the country’s four northern land ports at Burimari, Hilly, Banglabandha and Sonahat to detect possible coronavirus infection among travellers from India, Nepal and Bhutan.

As thermal scanners help detect coronavirus infection, it should be in ports, said Rangpur divisional commissioner KM Tariqul Islam.

The health department has not installed thermal scanners at the ports yet despite an order from the ministry.

Tariqul Islam said they would investigate and find out the people showing negligence in executing the order.

Rangpur divisional director of health Mokhidul Alam said that they did not set up scanners in the four ports as those were not usually used by the Chinese people.

He, however, said that they were planning to install such scanners in the ports within shortest possible time.

A medical team comprising four health workers was assigned to check coronavirus symptoms in each of the four land ports.

Burimari land port officers said that allowing travellers through the port without scanning or other medical examinations for coronavirus infections might cause serious threat. 

The officers and travellers said that the health workers were asking the travellers whether they were suffering from cold or fever or whether any of them had recently visited China.

Truck drivers and their assistants were entering and exiting the country without being tested, they said.

There is no way to detect the symptoms within 14 days after the virus enters the body and in that case thermal scanners may not be a wise option, they added.

Sub-inspector of immigration police at Burimari land port Khandaker Mahmud said that usually more than 800 travellers go through the port and the port badly needed thermal scanners to screen the body of the travellers.

Lalmonirhat civil surgeon Kasim Ali said that the Chinese citizens were unlikely to pass through the Burimari port.

‘For that reason, body screening equipment is not installed. However, if necessary, we will install the necessary equipment there,’ he added.

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