Ebola could enter from Haiti
The president of the Dominican Medical Association (CMD) Dr. Pedro Sing urged that more sanitary controls at the border with Haiti be established.
As reported in Acento.com.do, Dr. Sing said that the border with Haiti is the most vulnerable entry point for Ebola to enter the Dominican Republic. He stressed to the officials at the Ministry of Public Health that implementing control measures at land border crossing sites are more urgent than conducting screenings at airports and seaports.
“The sanitary controls at the land borders need to be strengthened. For example, how many Haitian students could have been in Africa or Europe where they may have visited family,” he commented. He said that isolation units should be established to deal with suspected cases. Dr. Sing noted that these controls are not currently is place at the border.
Dr. Sing speculated that it is more likely that incidences of Ebola would first occur in Haiti, and from there the disease could enter the DR.
Dr. Sing called for the government to create a committee of public health experts and physicians to develop a national action plan to deal with a possible threat of Ebola and create a quarantine unit that would prevent the spread of the disease. He said the currently, the Dominican medical system is not prepared to deal with the disease.
Dr. Sing noted how chikungunya has spread throughout the country due to the weak institutional health prevention and treatment infrastructure. Chikungunya was first reported in the Caribbean in St. Martin in 2013 prior from coming to the DR.
He reminded the population that Ebola has a mortality rate of 90% and patients die of internal hemorraghing, kidney and heart failure. Symptoms of Ebola include high fever, joint paints, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Transmission is by body fluids.
The World Health Organization (WHO) today, 8 August 2014, called the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa an international emergency. WHO officials stress the alarming rate of the spread of the disease requires a massive, coordinated response across all national and international government and civil sectors.
Currently, the outbreak is affecting Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. These countries have reported 1,070 confirmed cases, and 436 “probable cases”. WHO estimates that 932 deaths due to Ebola have been confirmed through 4 August 2014.
Source: DR1, Acento.com.do
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