Centre to train state officials on Ebola epidemic

The Centre will provide training to health officials of all states on ways and means to detect and prevent Ebola epidemic, which so far has claimed more than 4,000 lives globally, mostly in Africa.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014, 00:43 AM IST

New Delhi: The Centre will provide training to health officials of all states on ways and means to detect and prevent Ebola epidemic, which so far has claimed more than 4,000 lives globally, mostly in Africa.

The decision has been taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, besides others.

The state government officials will undergo training in Delhi on October 19-20 and they will return to their respective states and impart training to other officials on the steps to be taken for detection and prevention of Ebola, official sources said.

The Cabinet Secretary has also asked all chief secretaries to set up proper mechanism to check each of the traveller entering the country through airports and ports of their respective state, so that no person with Ebola virus can "sneak into" the country.

The Central government has conveyed to all states to take the issue seriously considering the impact of Ebola epidemic globally.

Experts say Ebola is transmitted by close contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is showing symptoms of infection such as fever, aches, vomiting and diarrhoea, or who has recently died of the hemorrhagic virus.

The world's largest outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people out of over 8,000 infected so far this year.