Institute Ready to Prevent Ebola from Entering Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 6 August 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) announced that it is making all the necessary preparations to prevent Ebola from entering Ethiopia.

Awareness creation discussion was held on Ebola virus with different stakeholders, including health professionals and representatives of Ethiopian Airlines in collaboration with Ministry of Health.

Institute Deputy Director, Dr. Dadi Jimma told ENA that the institute is working closely with different stakeholders to prevent the disease by preparing technical and other inputs necessary to pre-empt it.

With respect to inputs, Dr. Dadi said preventive equipment and medicines are readied, and preventive activities would be carried out in border areas and at airports.

According to Mesafint Alebachew, Officer with Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau, the bureau, besides training health professionals, has created awareness among the public about the disease, its causes, and ways of transmission and prevention.

Technical Officer for Preparedness, Surveillance and Response Program with World Health Organization, Dr. Keba Omar Jaiteh said the Ethiopian government is doing good work to prevent the disease from entering the country.

WHO has, therefore, donated equipment that helps prevent the disease and prepared trained health professionals, he added, further promising to extend all the necessary support. (ENA)