A new thermal scanner has been set in place at the Chattogram airport long seven months after its lone scanner became dysfunctional.
The new scanner will screen travellers to identify the presence of coronavirus in them who are coming to Bangladesh on different international flights through Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city.
The scanner has the ability to detect whether one walking in front of its camera has fever.
For the last many days after the threat-alert due to coronavirus spread was raised, the Chattogram airport had been checking fever in travellers with hand-held thermometers.
Dr Md Motahar Hossain, Chattogram port health officer, said the new scanner reached the port on Tuesday morning, and the airport medical team began scanning passengers with the machine on the same day.
Wing Commander ABM Sarwar-E-Zaman, manager of the port city airport, said the new thermal scanner will take less time to perform tests on passengers.
The Chattogram port health office informed The Business Standard that, from February 1 to March 9 morning, over 40,000 air passengers of 212 international flights were tested with hand-held thermometers.