Azerbaijani Customs Committee ups security due to swine flu: committee head
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 11 / Trend U.Ismayilova /
The Azerbaijani State Customs Committee has upped security to prevent the swine flu from spreading, Chairman Aydin Aliyev told journalists today.
"The committee has received all the relevant literature and regulations to prevent this flu from spreading and we are working closely with the Health Ministry," Aliyev said.
According to the officials, the doctors are working around the clock at border check-points.
The committee has enforced the use of special equipment that reads passenger body temperature at the Baku airport to prevent the flu's spread, he added.
Swine flu is a problem almost all over the world. The committee is debating the purchase of similar equipment for the Ganja airport and other border check-points next week.
Aliyev said the committee has already introduced a system for checking passenger health.
Regarding the possible ban on the entry and exit individual diagnosed with the virus, he said the illness can be quickly treated after diagnosis and there is no need to close the border.
So far, Azerbaijan has reported 14 swine flu cases.
All medical facilities belonging to the Azerbaijani Health Ministry have upped their security due to the swine flu. The ministry has given instructions to medical personnel around the country to take preventive measures in their institutions and check all persons registered at each local clinic. According to the ministry, active measures are taken in children's clinics, schools and kindergartens.
The WHO has donated 300 million doses of a vaccine against the A/H1N1 virus to 90 countries, including Azerbaijan. The first shipment will be delivered to the country in November. Vaccination will be carried out among people at risk group.
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