ADDIS ABABA (FBC)– Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Dr Amir Aman, said tightened measures are in place to prevent the Ebola virus that occurred in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo.Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ebola crisis in the DR Congo a public health emergency of international concern.
Ebola epidemic in DR Congo has killed over 1,600 people and more than 11,000 people in West Africa from 2014 to 2016.Since Ethiopian Airlines flies to Congolese city of Goma seven days a week, preventive measures have been launched at four Ethiopian international airports and 33 border check points, Dr Amir indicated.
Necessary prevention measures are being made particularly at Somaliland, Sudan and South Sudan border checkpoints, the Minister noted.Ethiopia had previously deployed 200 health professionals to help Ebola response in West Africa and this would give the country a good experience to prevent the epidemic, he said.According to Dr Amir, the government has put aside 250 million Birr for prevention measures.
The Ethiopian Herald July 26/2019
BY HIZKEL HAILU