The deputy commissioner chaired a meeting of the officials concerned about the precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of the monkeypox virus at the Bajpe international conference hall on Tuesday, July 19.
He explained in the beginning about the monkeypox cases detected among Kerala state passengers and asked the officials to take precautions as many persons travel to Kerala from Mangaluru airport.
“The airline officials should detect passengers with fever and blisters on the skin before the plane lands and isolate them. They should be subjected to examinations by the health officials at the airport. The officials supervising the passengers should obtain confirmation from the passengers about the fever and blisters after the plane lands. The passengers with symptoms should be separated and admitted to the monkeypox isolation ward already opened at the Wenlock hospital,” he said.
He directed the airport officials to prepare IEC standees in Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and English to create awareness about Monkeypox and display them at various places. He has directed airport authority officials, staff and airline officials to share in their WhatsApp groups various photos to create awareness about monkeypox.
“Cab drivers should be made aware of the monkeypox by the airport officials. The district administration has taken sufficient measures to prevent the spread of the virus. People should join hands with the district administration without fear,” he said.
District health and family welfare officer in-charge Dr Rajesh B V, Covid nodal officer Dr Ashok H, district survey officer Dr Jagadish K, airport head operation officer Srikanth Tata, airport medical officer Dr Nishita, airlines heads, customs officer and other officers were present.