Ministry asks local gov’t to watch out for Ebola

The Ministry of Health sent a document to chairpersons of people’s committees nationwide on October 4 asking to take preventive measures against the fatal Ebola virus disease (EVD), a viral hemorrhagic fever which has killed thousand people in West Africa.

As there is a high possibility of entering of the disease into Vietnam, the Ministry urged municipal and provincial people to enhance anti-disease measures.

Accordingly, chairpersons must ask local departments of health to watch out people from Ebola-hit regions to detect infected people.

Health workers have to keep a close watch on those from Ebola-hit nations.

Local authorities and health watchdog should provide information of healthcare to residents and travelers and precautionary measures should be taken. Medical clinics should prepare isolation areas and medicine, equipment, chemical for treatment of infected people.

The Ministry also asked department of information and communications and media to release the information of the disease to raise people’s awareness and help people take preventive measures according to the Ministry’s warning.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 7,227 infected people including 3,372 deaths had been reported or confirmed as a result of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the world as of October 1. 219 medical workers died of the disease and 383 others have been infected with the disease.

Most infected people are living in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Nigeria, Congo, Senegal and the US.

Though the disease has yet not spread to Vietnam, the country is likely to be at risk as it is a popular destination for international tourists, including those even from African countries.

From August 11 to date, 42 Vietnamese and 201 foreigners from West Africa countries have entered Vietnam.

By Quoc Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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