prashanth wrote:Deans wrote:
We screened 15.2 lac passengers from abroad (not sure if all initially had a fever test). Though we feel its `a lot of returnees', positive cases. as a percentage of 1.5 million, is not many. I don't believe any other country screened that many pax, in the initial stages of infections, when cases were in double digits and there were no fatalities. Thought I'd mention this as some people (usually NRIs wanting their 2 mins of twitter fame) are full of doom and gloom stories of lax checking at airports.
Screening is effective only for individuals that show symptoms such as very high temperature/ fatigue/ cough etc. But in the air conditioned environment of an airport surface temperature measurement can be misleading, more so if a suspected individual takes an antipyretic like paracetamol. I think the government should have hand-stamped passengers arriving from airports/countries that had widespread cases of this disease-like they are doing now-from the very beginning. Hope the practice is continued for some more time, in anticipation of the second wave.
With the benefit of hindsight, I think we made a lot of mistakes in airport screening. For e.g. we should have hand stamped from day 1. People could have been asked to sign that they received a govt advisory on home quarantine, with a mention of penalty of imprisonment etc if they don't follow it.
More facilities could have been provided for screening with temporary holding areas.
That said, we have done a lot in a short time and with limited resources. I don't think there is need for self flagellation,when we hear media reports of
students taking a pill to reduce temperature (not sure what is stopping journo's / authorities to follow up and visit those students). A lot was made of a tweet by someone coming to Ahmedabad claiming he had not been tested (proven to be untrue). People complain of poor sleeping facilities in a airport holding area in Bangalore, but will uncomplainingly stand for 6-10 hours in a queue in a US airport to get cleared.