Thermal scanner to detect SARS symptoms installed

ABU DHABI - As part of government's efforts to keep the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus out of the country, a hi-tech multi-functional thermal scanner was installed yesterday at the Abu Dhabi International Airport to detect symptoms of the disease.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Thu 1 May 2003, 12:18 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:58 PM

Ahmed Al Rumaithi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Abu Dhabi Hospitals and Director of the Medical Affairs Division at the General Authority for Health Services (GHAS) for Abu Dhabi, said the installation of the advanced scanner would enhance the precautionary measures taken by the country against the disease.

Mr Rumaithi said that the equipment was quite sensitive. It used infrared rays and had a power lap-top computer attached to it. It has a high capacity and can work continuously and store a large number of pictures.

The scanner could also be used in the field of physiotherapy, he noted.

Mr Rumaithi said that under WHO's guidelines, if the scanner detected any person with temperature 38 degree Centigrade or above, the person would have to undergo another temperature check with a thermometer prior to a thorough check-up by the medical team posted at the airport.

Mr Rumaithi said that for better utilisation of the scanner the GHAS had asked the manufacturing company to send an instructor to the UAE to train national staff in making the best use of the equipment.

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