Ethiopia resolute to prevent Ebola

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Addis Ababa, 28 August 2014 (WIC) – The government is working with its full capacity to prevent the deadly Ebola virus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

Ethiopia has already set up a national committee as well as prepared a treatment center and a hospital for Ebola, if the epidemic occurs in the country.  A command post has also been set up at Bole International Airport.

“With no case of Ebola reported so far, the country is taking precautionary measures against the epidemic,” Spokesperson at MoFA, Ambassador Dina Mufti said.

The National Committee, led by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, has been undertaking various activities and surveillance measures at boarder areas, Ambassador Dina said.

The Committee, consisting of representatives from the Ethiopian Airlines, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Federal Affairs, Ministry of Transport, will present a report about its activities soon, he said.

Though Ethiopian does not have direct flights to the highly affected West African countries; namely Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, it has been taking various measures to contain the spread of the virus, he added.

Ebola can be spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or someone who has died of the disease.

Common symptoms of Ebola include high fever and headaches, followed by bleeding from openings in the body.