Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Medical teams to test passengers and flyers

Patna: Health department will depute its teams at railway stations and airport for Covid testing of passengers reaching the state for Holi festival. The decision has been taken in the light of new Covid variants.

Patna civil surgeon Dr Vibha Kumari Singh told this newspaper that a list of doctors in this regard was being prepared. “Initially, fewer doctors will be stationed, but we’ll gradually increase their number with the rise in the incoming crowd at the stations or airport around the festival,” she said.

“If needed, we will also ask the district magistrate to provide additional police force for proper monitoring. With the vaccination drive underway and proper monitoring at places, we can control the virus transmission,” she added.

Passengers arriving at and departing from railway stations and airport will have to undergo compulsory thermal screening and Covid testing by the team of doctors present there.

Patna airport director Bhupesh C H Negi said they were waiting for the health department team. “We are strictly adhering to all the Covid prevention protocols and surveillance on our own. We will cooperate with the medical team once it arrives,” he said.

Chief public relations officer of East Central Railway, Rajesh Kumar, said they were conducting compulsory thermal screening of all the passengers waiting for the health department teams to reach the railway stations.

24/02/21 Times of India

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