Amid coronavirus outbreak, the federal government has taken the decision of installing automatic thermal scanners at the major airports across the nation.
The Ministry of National Health Services has joined hands with the Aviation Division to set up the scanners at the New Islamabad International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport of Lahore, the Bacha Khan Airport in Peshawar and the Jinnah International Airport of Karachi.
The installed thermal scanners are equipped to detect the temperatures of the passengers at the security checkpoints, as part of the screening mechanism put in place at all points of entry. Besides that, the health and regular surveillance staff have also been provided with the protection kits and equipment.
Pakistan has confirmed on Sunday another 2 coronavirus cases bringing the total count of the affectees to 4. Dr Zafar Mirza said in a press conference that these patients are being handled as per the clinical procedures while contact tracing has also begun. He also added that the two patients who were previously diagnosed with the virus were in a stable condition and are recovering.
An emergency plan has been formulated in case the situation gets worse. He explained that fresh medical staff would be hired for the hospitals where there is a shortage. He added that some hospitals have been reserved for the treatment of coronavirus cases.