Ebola threat: Cabinet Secretary reviews preparedness with states

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the state of preparedness in the context of emerging global crisis on Ebola.

New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the state of preparedness in the context of emerging global crisis on Ebola.

In a video conferencing with Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of 19 states and Union Territories which have international airport or seaport, Seth took stock of the measures being undertaken for strengthening the preparedness, surveillance and response system in the respective states.

Health Secretary, Home Secretary, Shipping Secretary, and secretaries or representatives of departments of Health Research, Civil Aviation and External Affairs were also present.

The Centre has already communicated protocol and preparedness measures, including infection control practices, to the states and Uts.

Officials said till October 15, a total of 22,150 passengers had been screened of which seven were identified to be at medium risk and 56 at high risk from Ebola.

Also, a tracking system has been put in place under the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

No case of Ebola has so far been reported in the country although WHO has reported about 9000 cases and 4493 deaths globally.

The Union Health Ministry will continue to continue to monitor the situation.

A control room has also been set up at the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The numbers are (011) 23063205, 23061469 and 23061302.

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