By Uyen Vien and Minh Tam - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Preventative work has been carried out at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Noi Bai International Airport, the main gateways to Vietnam for foreign visitors, to promptly respond to the bird flu virus of the H7N9 type.
Body temperature checkLeaders of the HCMC Department of Health and interdisciplinary agencies last Saturday went to Tan Son Nhat International Airport to examine the prevention of the new virus strain.
Dr. Hoang Ngoc Hung, deputy director of Center for International Health Quarantine, the unit in charge of disease surveillance at the airport, said preventative measures had been strengthened.
All arriving passengers have to go through body temperature check and functional units are on duty around the clock. In addition, in-flight supervision is exercised and aircrew is required to wash their hands after making contact with passengers.
“We received an urgent dispatch of the Ministry of Health on prevention of the H7N9-type avian influenza virus on April 5. In fact, the preventative measures are implemented everyday, but are strengthened in the present context,” Hung said.