Anyone found with a temperature above 37 degrees Celsius is usually stopped from entering the country.
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A video clip has gone viral on social media showing an operator asleep at her desk in a thermal scanner booth at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), while another staff member is seen preoccupied with his handphone
According to the New Straits Times, in the wake of an Influenza A outbreak nationwide and new polio cases in Sabah, the clip has raised alarm among many who fear that travellers carrying infectious diseases could easily pass through the measures implemented by the Ministry of Health.
The recording was reportedly taken on 26 December 2019.
Thermal scanners have been installed at airports as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of infectious diseases by allowing officials to scan and prevent anyone with a body temperature above 37 degrees Celsius from entering the country.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the video leaves a bad impression on his ministry, even if the officer was ill or not fit to work
“While I can give the operator who was sleeping the benefit of the doubt as she could have been sick, I don’t take it lightly when personnel are busy with their mobile phones,” he told reporters yesterday, as quoted by Free Malaysia Today.
“Investigation has been conducted, and warning letters have been issued to the two personnel,” he added.
He cautioned health officers to remain professional and alert to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases in the country
“All healthcare professionals have been briefed on their role, and the importance of each employee to properly monitor screening as per procedure. Also, supervision of staff has been enhanced,” he said.
Recently, there has been an Influenza A outbreak across the country:
Meanwhile, last month saw the resurgence of polio in Malaysia with its first new case in almost three decades:
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