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Goa fully equipped to scan carriers of coronavirus: Centre



The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday assured all possible help to the state government for prevention of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among the people of Goa.

Joint secretary of MoHFW Alok Saxena reviewed the preparedness of the state health department in tackling the deadly virus and expressed satisfaction over the precautionary measures taken by the state.

“I am happy that Goa has so far done well, they have followed all the protocol that has come from the government of India and things are under control here. We will provide all required support including technical support to the Goa government,” Saxena said interacting with media persons at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim.

He also visited the Dabolim Airport and reviewed the arrangements made to screen the patients.

The state government had written to the Union Health Ministry requesting it to provide thermal scanners at Dabolim airport to screen the passengers arriving in the state, however, Saxena said that it was ‘not needed’ as people arriving at the airport are being screened by the health officials using a ‘thermal

“There was a need to be vigilant to make sure that we keep ourselves safe,” he said.   

He also said that there is no requirement to screen the people who are arriving in the state by other modes of transport. 

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