Centre takes steps to check Ebola

Following the detection of Ebola virus in the body fluid of a man at Delhi airport, the Union Health Ministry has set up several inspection teams to check within a week if isolation facilities at about 20 international airports are in accordance with the approved health guidelines and protocols.

As one team cannot do the job within a week, the ministry has decided to create four to five teams for carrying out the inspection for various zones, an official said.

Each of these three-member teams will have one representatives each from the departments of health, civil aviation and immigration.

The international airports to be covered include Srinagar, Amritsar, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Calicut, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore,
Bengaluru, Thiruchirapalli, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati and Port Blair. The airport health centres including the isolation facilities come under the Airports Authority of India.

But the isolation facilities of at least 12 airports are reportedly not in order.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda who reviewed India’s preparedness on Tuesday also asked for a review of the sea-ports and enhancing the surveillance measures.

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