Vietnam prepares three eventualities against Ebola

Though Vietnam has not recorded any Ebola cases but we have to take precautionary measures to prevent the Ebola virus disease (EVD), said Dr. Tran Dac Phu, head of the Preventive Medicine Center under the Ministry of Health on August 8.

The country has to issue three action plans to cope with the EVD in order to detect the disease quickly, prevent its spread and minimize mortality, in case the deadly virus penetrates into Vietnam in the time ahead.

The first plan is all concerned agencies focus on detecting early signs of the Ebola virus.

In case that they detect any patient of the disease, they have to give intensive care to the patient to curb transmission to health workers and the community.

At the same time, competent agencies will carry out preventive measures against the disease, including the health declaration requirement.

In the second, the virus begins to penetrate into Vietnam and health agencies will promptly treat patients to avoid mortality, and take measures to prevent the virus from spreading.   

In the third, the Ebola-virus disease has spread in Vietnam and competent agencies will mobilize all possible resources to curb the spread of the virus, and continue treating patients effectively to minimize deaths and transmission into the community.

Moreover, the ministry asked all air passengers coming to Vietnam from the Ebola-hit countries in Africa including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria to fill out health declaration forms from August 15 onward.

The ministry also asked its units in all localities to coordinate with other competent bodies to check people, animals, vehicles and goods sending to Vietnam through border gates, said Dr. Tran Dac Phu.

Health departments in all provinces and cities are asked to prepare necessary personnel and facilities to cope with the deadly virus effectively.

Any passengers are discovered to have high fever, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, acute diarhea, rash and internal and external bleeding, health workers should take or isolate them properly in quarantined zones for treatment and report the case to the ministry.

According to the World Health Organization, there are now 1,779 cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, including 961 deaths. Moreover, more than 100 health workers have been transmitted the fatal virus.

By Quoc Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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