Entire machinery of state prevents Ebola-virus disease entering country

The entire machinery of state and local governments, ministries and agencies must be mobilized to actively prevent and fight against the Ebola-virus disease. The Ebola-virus disease prevention steering board of the Ministry of Health requested at a meeting in Hanoi on August 11.

The Ministry reported the disease development in Africa nations and the World Health Organization’s warning about how's the country preparation for the disease including health declaration form in international airport and border gates, purchasing medical equipments for doctors and nurses, chemicals and drugs and setting up an Urgent Response office center closely cooperate with international organizations, especially WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said that it has ordered enterprises which send workers to Africa countries to provide the information of disease to laborers and also asked these enterprises to stop sending workers to Ebola-hit nations.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that Vietnam has not imported meat or animal organs from affected regions. However, it could be illegally imported into the country; accordingly the ministry promised to tighten control over the smuggling of meat.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that the disease is really dangerous as for the very first time, WHO has declared the West African Ebola epidemic an international public-health emergency. Therefore, the Ministry asked other ministries and agencies to coordinate to avoid the epidemic from entering into the country.

On the same day, Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang, presided an online meeting with police leaders in localities over the implementation of anti-Ebola disease campaign in the country. The Ministry of Public Security ordered all police forces to be ready for preventing and curbing the disease to maintain the political security and social order.

In the morning of August 11, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long and deputy chairwoman of People’s Committee in Hanoi Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc and mission team supervised the Ebola-virus disease prevention task in Noi Bai International Airport.

Two quarantined rooms were set up in the airport and medical workers has been working around the clock to check passengers’ body heat as there is a direct flight from Africa countries to Hanoi, said Dr. Nguyen Khac Hien, director of the Department of Health in Hanoi.

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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