A special medical unit is to be set up at the Bandaranaike International Airport to monitor non- communicable diseases prevalent among Sri Lankan migrant workers, shortly.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror spokesman for the Ministry of health U.G. Wanninayake said that this new unit will be an extension to the already existing special unit at the airport. “ There is unit that monitors communicable diseases that has been set up at the airport. We want to extend this service and are to set up a special medical unit for non communicable diseases shortly” he said.
The spokesman added that through this special service workers who enter the country would be screened for non communicable diseases within the airport itself and would be advised accordingly.
“ Many of the workers who enter the country are unaware about their health issues that are existent within their body. Due to the different diets and other external factors many workers enter the country with latent health issues, like high cholesterol and diabetic levels and only realize these issues once they get out of hand. We want to ensure that people entering the country are given advice at the firmt moment they enter the country” he said.( Hafeel Farisz)
Comments - 5
khan sharaad Monday, 11 June 2012 06:01 AM
I strongly feel that it's another racket to get money from migrant workers.
Kondeybendapucheena Saturday, 09 June 2012 08:44 AM
better late than never
ReturnZero Saturday, 09 June 2012 08:41 AM
Good but whos is going to stop and get a checkup. They want to go home as soon as they land, also no one can take blood of someone forcefully or without their willingness. Otherwise its illegal and similar to police checking someones mobile phone which is illegal.
Gihan Saturday, 09 June 2012 09:54 AM
This is a crazy idea. I don't know who comes up with this ideas. The last thing on someone coming out of a airport is having a check up for a non-communicable disease. It's perfectly OK to check for communicable disease to prevent spread of disease. Why not use the money to modernise the ageing KBI?
Solomon Sunday, 10 June 2012 11:06 AM
A person generally has to fast for approximately 12 hours before taking a blood test for cholesterol and blood glucose. Are people coming from abroad going to adhere to fasting?
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