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Jakarta Post

Paramedics on alert at Batam ports over Zika

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Wed, August 31 2016   /  09:00 am

The Health Ministry has ordered 193 paramedics to be on alert at eight seaports in Batam, Bintan and Karimun in Riau Islands in anticipation of the Zika virus entering the country through visitors from Singapore.

Passengers traveling from Singapore are being subjected to thermal scans to measure their body temperatures. They are also being given forms for them to fill out explaining their physical condition.

The measures have been taken following the reports that 56 people had contracted the Zika virus in Singapore.

Riau Islands Health Agency head Tjejep Yudiana told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that since the discovery of the Zika infections in Singapore his team had coordinated with the seaport health offices in Batam, Bintan and Karimun.

Of the 193 paramedics on duty, he said, 95 were assigned to five international seaports in Batam, 57 were assigned to two ...