PAHO recommends countries in the region to prepare for Ebola
SANTO DOMINGO. The director of the Department of Transmittable Diseases and Health Analysis of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned the ministers of health of the member nations to prepare for the possible import of another case of Ebola through air travel, as has just occurred in the United States.
Marcos Espinal spoke of the need for the ministers of health to maintain vigilance, preparations and the communication of risk, using as a guide the International Sanitary Regulations (ISR).
The information was given to the delegates of the countries of the Americas which are taking part in the 53rd Directors Council of the PAHO and is published on the official webpage of the health organization. It indicates that the leadership of the ministries and the risk communication to provide transparent information to the population will constitute confidence and are fundamental for the preparation.
In this way, the PAHO expert explains that the ministers of health should achieve the commitment of the community and local leaders in order to assure that the interventions are implemented, as well as for the education of the public and for community mobilization.
In West Africa they have reported 6574 cases of Ebola and 3091 deaths, including the 211 deaths of health personnel. The disease is only contagious when the patients are already sick, but not during the period of incubation, which can be from 2 to 21 days. Contagion is through direct contact with fluids of the person affected.
For his part, Anarfi Asamao-Baah, the deputy director of the World Health Organization (WHO), reported that the expectation is that the epidemic will continue for 6 to 9 months and will expand beyond where it is now.
The ministry of Public Health reported that it finished the protocol regarding attention for patience suspected of having Ebola, nevertheless the area which is in the Ney Arias Lora Hospital, in Villa Mella, in which eventual cases of the disease will be treated, is not ready and they have not began inspections in the ports or airports.
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