Health Department on Alert at Airport

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With the Corona Virus a serious threat to many countries, airports around the world have boosted their manpower to carefully screen incoming passengers for any symptoms of the virus.  Those whose travels originate from China have been the main focus of the screening.


The Papua New Guinea Department of Health has joined the bandwagon of health authorities in their pursuit to contain the virus.


A colleague flying in from Brisbane on a PX flight yesterday was greeted on board by flight attendants all wearing face masks.  This was followed by the issuing of a special Health Department form asking important questions related to the passenger’s  health and their origins of travel.



Some of the questions in that Health Department form include:


  • have you lived, travelled to or visited a live animal market in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days;
  • have you been to any parts of China within the last 14 days;
  • have you had any contact with a confirm case of 2019;
  • do you have a cough;
  • do any of your family members develop a cough?


On disembarking the aircraft, a number of Health Department officials wearing face masks collected the completed Health Department forms whilst directing those who have been to China in the last 14 days to have further screening at designated areas.


Customs officials too wore face masks while checking passenger immigration documents.


It’s great to see the National Airports Corporation, airlines, Health and Immigration Departments working cohesively against the threats of this deadly virus.