Strengthen infection control against Ebola, WHO tells India

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2014, 00:46 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: World Health Organization has advised India to further strengthen its infection control mechanism and surveillance to prevent an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) like the current one in western Africa.

Asheena Khalakdina, Team Leader, Communicable Diseases, WHO Country office for India said further strengthening of infection control, practising special surveillance and better communication would be important for which the government plans to hold special training on EVD for medical personnel in various states of the country over the next one month.

WHO at a technical briefing said that in affected countries it does not advise families or communities to care at their homes for individuals who have symptoms of EVD.

Rather, they should seek treatment in a hospital or treatment centre staffed by doctors and nurses qualified and equipped to treat EVD.

The list of affected countries is currently limited to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

With Agency inputs