Some 20 employees and contractors of the National Port Authority (NPA) as of yesterday, were denied access into the Port’s facilities, due to high pressure temperature.
The rejected employees and contractors’ pressure temperature readings were at least 37.5 Celsius (c). The final decision to send home the employees and contractors was made after they failed the second test.
Though the examiner, known as Kelvin, refused to speak to the press, another staff, who is believed to be Kelvin’s assistant and begged for anonymity, told journalists, that the testing is part of NPA’s preventive measures on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. This is besides the regular washing of the hands with chloride water and avoiding of physical contacts.
He argued that the 37.5 C indicates a high degree of fever in the body temperature.
Although a fever could be considered any body temperature above the normal 98.6 F (37 C), medically, a person is not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 F (37.5 C).
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fever is one of the 17 signs and symptoms of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF). Other signs and symptoms of Ebola HF include headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite.
Some patients may also experience, rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing as well as bleeding inside and outside of the body.
Meanwhile, similar Ebola preventive measure are ongoing at the Cellcom GSM, while other public and private institutions are only doing the regular washing of hands and avoiding physical contacts.
A bystander, Stanley Nah, argued that the prevention of the spread of the disease has become a dilemma and all means necessary should be introduced to augment the efforts of the Ministry of Health Ministry.
But some of the sent-home’s employees and workers have expressed their frustration and disbelief but said they will speak out if “this high body temperature’s thing” continues.
It may be recalled, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as part of the Ebola preventive measures, had asked non-essential staff in public institutions to stay home for 30 days (August 1-30) and later declared a state of emergency, which has been endorsed by National Legislature.