Precautionary measures against polio at airport

Ministry of Health has initiated several health security measures at Kuwait International Airport following reports of the outbreak of polio in the Philippines. The measures include referring the arrivals from the Philippines to the preventive health centers to ensure they were vaccinated with polio-protective vaccine in their country.

The Philippines was free of polio for 19 years before the outbreak which allegedly occurred several days ago. The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Philippines health authorities, has published the news on its website, reassuring everyone, and calling on countries not to take any further measures to restrict movement, travel and goods among the countries of the world.

The sources pointed out that WHO has advised travelers to the Philippines to take vaccination against polio before travel, but the organization did not issue any instructions regarding those going from the Philippines to other countries.

The Ministries of Health and Interior are working in coordination to check and prevent the entry of people with infectious diseases to Kuwait. Over 30 thermal cameras have been installed at land, sea and airports to detect people with contagious diseases from entering the country, with 16 cameras installed at Kuwait International Airport, four each at the Salmi, Al-Nuwaiseeb and Abdali land ports and two at the Doha seaport.