EU-funded project provides X-ray screening for active tuberculosis at migrant reception centre.
The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, within the Superintendence of Public Health, has been granted funds amounting of over €700,000 from the European Refugee Fund (ERF) Emergency Measures to set up a digital X-ray unit at Lyster Barracks Detention Centre whereby migrants are screened upon arrival for active tuberculosis, and three isolation units for the isolation of migrants suffering from an infectious disease who do not require admission to Mater Dei Hospital until the infectious period is over.
The project 'Emergency Measures: Screening of Refugees and Displaced Persons on Their Arrival in Malta', was awarded in January 2013 and conducted effectively within the stipulated time period of six months by this government.
People coming from countries where certain diseases such as TB are endemic are screened to promptly identify any cases which are infectious, and where needed are isolated until they are not infectious any more and treated accordingly.
The initiative starts as from Monday 1 July 2013 at Lyster Barracks Detention Centre.
The Superintendence for Public Health, through two directorates namely the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate and the Environmental Health Directorate, takes the necessary precautions and screening measures to ensure that all measures aimed at improving public health and the prevention and control of communicable and non communicable diseases are undertaken.
The Minister for Health congratulated the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate in its constant endeavour to implement measures aimed at improving public health. This project was possible as a result of the EU funding (80% EU Funding and 20% MT funding) awarded under the European Refugee Fund. He also thanked the Funds and Programmes Division under the Ministry for the Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto and EU Funds for their assistance to the Ministry during the very tight implementation period of this Project.