DA: Airports skip yellow fever checks

2012-11-26 21:15

Johannesburg - Lanseria and OR Tambo International Airports do not perform yellow fever checks, the DA claimed on Monday.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson on health Jack Bloom said in a statement that the checks were neglected, partly because of staff shortages at the airports.

"Other disruption of airport health services occurs because employees refuse to work during weekends and public holidays as they are not paid overtime."

According to the World Health Organisation, yellow fever is a virus which is usually transmitted via mosquitoes.

On average 30 000 people die every year from the virus, most of them in Africa. There is no specific treatment.

Bloom said the Gauteng health department was failing to protect citizens from exotic diseases carried by those entering South Africa.

"We could import all kinds of serious diseases because of [a] lack of controls at these airports, especially over weekends," Bloom said.

The provincial health department and Airports Company SA could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • harold.pennington.5 - 2012-11-26 21:40

    BS I travel to South America often thru ORTIA and my yellow fever is checked every time BY THE AIRLINE not ACSA.

      michael.i.wright - 2012-11-26 22:18

      I on the other hand have not been checked at OR Tambo, only on landing at Ezeiza. Last time I took off for BA, the check in was such a hash, I only just made it on the plane on time.

      paul.roos.735 - 2012-11-26 22:19

      I travelled to Tanzania in September via SAA and nobody asked for my yellow fever certificate.

      Neil78 - 2012-11-26 22:55

      Depends who is at the desk, I have been flying to and from Brazil every month for the past years and a half and have never been asked. On arrival in SA passport control is meant to ask for it, and leaving SA the airline is meant to check it.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-11-27 08:59

      I fly into Africa often - usually the airline checks your yellow fever vaccination when you check in. It is very seldom checked by the officials at immigration when you get back from overseas...maybe because they are just trying to get everybody through as quick as possible, and they don't check passengers from Europe, etc.

  • Afrika Ayanda - 2012-11-26 22:01

    we all scrued

  • madmountain - 2012-11-26 22:12

    This article sounds like here-say and doesn't refer to any legitimate cases or proof. I'm started to think this is just a case of airing dirty laundry to gain browning points. That being said, it may also be that where there's smoke there's fire, so I would like to know what ACSA has to say on the matter.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-26 22:29

      A Browning is one of many very popular American firearm designs, reproduced by Colt, Winchester etc. Especially their pistols and machine guns. Brownies are 7-10 year old girls, who have to perform asstd tasks to get a merit badge and once they have enough badges and are old enough, can become Girl Guides. Hence the term, Brownie Points. Hope you're not browned off by this elucidation :)

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-27 06:21

      madmountain cant you read with so many poeople on this forum stating that they have noe been checked it cannot be here-say. If their statements are not legitimate cases nor proof then I do not know what is. Maybe you work for ACSA and are too lazy to do your job properly

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-27 05:28

    Please they barely check anything

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-27 08:00

    The cANCer talks about ticking time bombs........ well here is a nuclear freaking time bomb...... this is purely mediocrity that has filtered down from the top management structures to the ground... The cANCer ruling party can't get anything right so why should the workers on the ground... I want to be paid......but work.....what is work?

  • petra.courtney - 2012-11-27 09:42

    Even if they check the yellow fever certificate it may not be valid. While working in Nigeria a colleague forgot his yellow fever certificate at home travelling from SA to Nigeria. He was then able to purchase a yellow fever certificate for the equivalent of about R50 from a government health body in Nigeria. He didn't even had to do it in person, he sent a company driver to pick it up for him. Considering it is cheaper to buy a certificate than to go the route of getting the proper injection is really scary - it makes you wonder how many foreigners enter the country with invalid medical certificates?

  • zemarais - 2012-11-27 09:49

    What do you expect, they do what they wants in this country, every one may refuse to do things, everyone have Rights, not realizeing with a right comes a responsibility, even a criminal have more rights in this country, and stil the ANC do nothing, oh yes they only speak and offer only excuses, and use millions ón things for themself, wasting money spending it like it is there money and it's a right in their eyes, bugger the things that need attention and guidance, turning a cold shoulder, a leader who are not a leader at all got power in SA

  • faith.leburu - 2012-11-27 10:26

    Stop the fat executive salaries& bonuses to employ more staff... South Africa is a shame!

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