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Health minister takes stock of virus preparedness at HIA

Health minister takes stock of virus preparedness at HIA

QNA
Doha
With a surge in coronavirus cases in Iran, Japan and South Korea fuelling fears of a pandemic, Qatar has stepped up preventive measures against coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed al Kuwari on Tuesday inspected Qatar’s preparedness against the virus at the Hamad International Airport (HIA).
The minister was briefed on the equipment and procedures applied at HIA for the prevention of coronavirus as part of measures that include all the country’s entry points.
The aim is to monitor and detect any suspected cases as early as possible and curb its transmission.
Kuwari was accompanied by Chairman of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority HE Abdullah bin Nasser Turki al Subaie, and was briefed on the equipment that includes thermal scan and the medical clinic at HIA as well as the readiness of medical staff.
The minister affirmed the importance of maintaining a state of high alert to detect, isolate and report any suspected cases of infection of the virus, and maintaining close cooperation between the health sector and all relevant authorities, with the application of basic preventive measures by members of society. Kuwari pointed out that disease prevention is a shared responsibility of everybody.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has tightened precautionary and preventive measures to deal with COVID-19, which includes examining all travelers coming from countries that have recorded a noticeable increase in the outbreak of the virus and air and sea navigation crews through the country’s various entry points.
The MoPH reaffirmed that no cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Qatar so far.
Kuwari also recommended the postponement of travel to China, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, Japan and Italy. She said isolation or quarantine is applied to travellers from China, South Korea and Iran.