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#Ebola: Akwa Ibom State Inaugurates Rapid Response Team

Akwa Ibom state government has set up a Rapid Response Team to contain any possible outbreak of the dreaded Ebola disease in the area.

State health commissioner Dr Emem Bassey told newsmen that the team would coordinate and offer quick response in the event of an outbreak in the area.

Bassey explained that the ministry had an emergency plan on the epidemic even before the latest outbreak adding that it has also reached out to the World Health organisation for technical assistance while drugs would soon be procured for care givers.

The commissioner further stated that it has already identified facilities for quarantining purposes and has sensitized health workers on the need to be alert and observant.

“Already we have set up a Rapid Response Team to help us contain the disease in the case of outbreak which we hope will not happen here. We have also reached out to the WHO for technical assistance in terms of containment.

“Further more we have identified facilities for quarantining of affected persons in case it happens and we are also getting protection drugs for care givers and others who could come in contact with infected persons in the case of outbreak

“We have also sent bulletins to hospitals while we are planning to organise a seminar for health workers with emphasis on prevention and good health practices and procedures.” The commissioner explained.

On plans to screen people at major entry points into the state Bassey made it clear that such was never planned by the state government.

“We cannot screen at entry points because test is only conducted at referral levels when somebody has been diagnosed or suspected to have contacted the disease.” He said.

Culled from Daily Time

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