A health inspector at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport points a thermal head scanner to a passenger at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Monkey See, Monkeypox Don't
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
MAY 15, 2019
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Port Health Authorities (KKP) started screening passengers for symptoms of monkeypox on Wednesday, after Singapore announced it detected a case of the rare disease last week.
"We're increasing surveillance on flights from Singapore and Ethiopia because we get a lot of passengers coming through from Singapore and also umrah [mini hajj] pilgrims returning to Indonesia after a transit in Ethiopia," KKP chief Anas Ma’ruf said.
"Our officers will be on standby at international arrivals gates 24/7. A thermal camera has been installed to detect visitors with body heat above the normal temperature. We will also use thermal head scanners," he said.
Passengers suffering from a fever will be examined in the airport's quarantine room. If monkeypox is suspected, the patient will be sent to the Prof. Dr. Sulianti Saroso Infection Hospital in Sunter, North Jakarta.
"So far, we haven't found anyone with monkeypox at the airport," Anas said.