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Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is explor-
ing the introduction of thermal cameras
at all ports of entry to monitor passengers
body temperatures, as he believes the early
detection of viruses can help to stave off
a local epidemic.
Speaking with reporters following the
sod-turning ceremony for the new Carenage
Health Centre, Constabulary Street, Care-
nage, last week, Khan said he was working
on the "fast procurement" of such machines.
He was unable to provide any further
information on their cost, acquisition and
Khan made the statements as he respond-
ed to questions about chikungunya and
what steps the authorities were taking to
stem the local spread of the virus.
"We need to put thermal cameras at all
ports of entry to pick up any disorders, not
just for Chik V," Khan said.
He explained: "Once you arrive and are
scanned, if your temperature is high, you
will be pulled aside, checked, counseled and
sent to the nearest health centre."
Urging the public to continue cleaning
their surroundings and get rid of old and
unused items that could provide a breeding
ground for mosquitoes, Khan said there
were no new chikungunya cases reported.
The last two confirmed cases were report-
ed on July 23 in Diego Martin and Arima.
Appealing to the public to remain vigilant
and keep the mosquitoes out of their homes,
Khan said there was no need to quarantine
those confirmed to be suffering from the
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Gravity carpark, Long Circular Road, St James,
on Saturday. The band presented their eight
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His response follows calls from local activists calling
for a system to be set up whereby those diagnosed
with the virus will be kept isolated until the incubation
period has passed.
Thermal cameras to detect viruses
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
embarked on an island-wide cleanup campaign on
Monday, in an effort to combat the possible
spread of the virus.
Efforts included spraying, clearing of
abandoned lots, and a public education campaign
about the mosquito-borne disease.
Secretary of Health and Social Services
Assemblyman, Claudia Groome-Duke said the
island-wide action plan was agreed to at last
Thursday's plenary sitting of the Assembly.
The cleanup began in Charlotteville and
extended to Calder Hall.
Throughout this week, clean up operations will
take place in L'Anse Fourmi, Scarborough
including Mt Thomas, Les Coteaux, Arnos Vale,
Mt Grace, Idle Wild, Glen Road, Pump Mill and
On August 5, the clean up will move from Bon
Accord to Lower Scarborough and Shirvan,
Plymouth and Whim inclusive of Buccoo, Bethel,
Black Rock, Patience Hill, Signal Hill and Spring
Groome-Duke assured Tobagonians that the
THA was in a heightened state of preparedness
as "we intensify an island-wide mosquito
eradication campaign to forestall the onset of the
Chikungunya virus and Dengue".
Adding that there is no vaccination for the virus
and the best prevention was clean surroundings,
Groome-Duke said the Public Health Department
would also engage people at key Heritage
Festival events via a mobile bus.
The symptoms of the illness are high fevers,
back pain and joint pain, muscle pain often in the
hands and feet, swelling of the joints, rash,
nausea, vomiting and redness and/or pain in the
New born and elderly people with medical
conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes
or heart disease are high risk for the mosquito
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