Thailand, PH closely monitor flights from West Africa
Airport authorities in Thailand and the Philippines have stepped up their efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola into their countries, with the special monitoring on people arriving from West African countries.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is set to strictly monitor all flights, said airport director Raveewan Netrakavesana. She added that the airport has increased its security measures in a bid to prevent Ebola from reaching Thailand.
All passengers travelling from West Africa are required to have an official document showing proof that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever.
According to Raveewan, there is no direct flight between Thailand and Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone, which are severely hit by the Ebola outbreak.
The Philippines is imposing similar measures.
AFP reported that Manila last month imposed a ban on travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the world’s worst ever outbreak of the tropical virus, while the health ministry announced extra measures on Friday.
"We have to be proactive. We know that the threat is there, and we do not want any surprises," health ministry spokesman Lyndon Leesuy told a news conference.
Filipinos returning from the three outbreak countries, as well as visitors from those nations, would be screened at Philippine airports and their health status monitored daily for a month after their arrival, he added.