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Odisha govt steps up measures to ward off Ebola threat

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 2:

Acting on the report of the Union Health ministry that a total of 62 persons from the Ebola affected countries have arrived in Odisha, the state government has initiated precautionary measures against the killer virus.

Ebola virusPresiding over a meeting of senior officials of the government and private medical colleges and hospitals here on Saturday, commissioner-cum-secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Arati Ahuja asked them to take all possible measures to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

It was revealed in the meeting that the SCB Medical College and Hospital has been made a nodal centre with the provision of a special ward for the treatment of patients affected by Ebola.

Besides, the department has kept a constant watch on 62 persons who have come from the Ebola affected countries and submitting a daily report on their health condition to the state government.

Besides, a control room has been opened at the office of the director, Public Health while the state government has appointed a nodal officer to monitor it.

Ms Ajuja said the guidelines of the Health ministry have specifically instructed the state government to provide special treatment to any Ebola affected person and not to refer these persons to any government medical colleges and hospitals without prior diagnosis and treatment.

“The ministry has also directed the state health department to strictly direct all government and private medical colleges and hospital to treat the patients as per its guidelines”, she told reporters after the meeting.

The Health secretary also informed that the department has organized an awareness camp of all additional chief medical officers on Ebola.