Ebola disease: Health Minister Nadda forms team to inspect all airports to identify the gaps

Union Minister of Health JP Nadda

New Delhi, Nov 19: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda has directed to constitute a three member team to inspect all airports to identify the gaps to ensure that the isolation/quarantine facilities set up at airports adhere to all standards guidelines/protocols.

The three-member committee, which will include officials from the ministries of Health, Civil Aviation and Immigration, will submit a report within a week.

Chairing an inter-ministerial meeting here on Tuesday, he gave the directions to review the situation arising out of Ebola Virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

The Health Minister reemphasized on the importance of alertness, intensive training and capacity building of all stakeholders to be better equipped to address EVD, and directed for sensitisation of all stakeholders involved with the passenger screening.

Seeking a detailed report on the working of surveillance facility at ports, the Health Minister said that along with the airports, surveillance at seaports also needs to be strengthened.

Nadda said the Ministry should expedite the action plan on the need to have India compliant on the core capacities required under International Health Regulations.

On the core capacity of laboratory support, he also emphasized the need to strengthen 10 such laboratories by the end of the month, and asked the concerned division to develop short term and long term strategies for medical management of emerging diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease.

The Health Ministry officials were also directed to constitute teams of experts who will visit the states and report on the preparedness of their designated hospitals, and were asked to work together towards capacity building of the states.

Nadda said that training of the doctors and the para-medical staff needs to be a continuous exercise.

Senior Officers from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Shipping, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Health Research, Department of Animal Husbandry, Bureau of National Disaster Management Authority, Armed Forces Medical Services, AIIMS, Central Government Hospitals, NCDC, WHO and CDC Global Disease Detection Regional Centre, India along with senior officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare participated in the meeting.

(Goindianews Bureau)

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