VIETNAM TAKES MEASURES TO PREVENT EBOLA OUTBREAK
Aug 07 11:23
HANOI, The Ministry of Health is stepping up efforts to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading to Vietnam, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
An online conference of the Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control was held in Hanoi on Wednesday during which participants discussed measures to tackle the virus.
Tran Dac Phu, head of Department of Preventive Medicine at the ministry,
warned Vietnamese citizens and foreigners arriving from affected countries could spread the virus to Vietnam.
Phu said the ministry had instructed border gates authorities to seek medical information from those passing through, and is working with the World Health Organisation on technical assistance in diagnosing the virus.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has asked all agencies to boost inspections at hospitals and border gates, and warned Vietnamese against travelling to Ebola-affected countries.
Municipal Health Department deputy director Nguyen Huu Hung said the department is keeping a close watch and strengthening quarantine at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, ports and border gates.
The National Hospital of Tropical Diseases is working on a plan for the diagnosis and treatment of Ebola.
Suspected cases will be sent to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.
Death toll from Ebola has reached 932.