Ebola prevention measures explained
Santo Domingo.- The Ministry of Public Health, in coordination with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Center for Emergency Operations (COE) says that control and prevention preparations are underway to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the country.
Minister Freddy Hidalgo Núñez headed a meeting with stakeholders to assess the preventive measures that will be introduced in all of the country’s ports of entry and among the citizenry.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the country’s sea ports and airports, the Armed Forces Ministry, the Department of Migration, border region authorities, the Civil Aviation authorities and the Environment Ministry, who analyzed the form to be used as a traveler health declaration.
Hidalgo Núñez said that the preparations were in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations.
He pointed out, however, that it was unlikely that the Ebola virus would enter the country, “but the authorities will activate the procedures for tackling it comprehensively, by ensuring that all relevant personnel are adequately trained and that their efficiency can be proved through simulation exercises.
In this context, the recommendation is to provide citizens who travel to the countries that have been affected by Ebola with accurate and relevant information about the outbreak and the measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of exposure as well as strengthening capacities for detection, investigation and treatment of suspected cases in people who have travelled to the affected countries.
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