Crime & Safety

India intensifies Ebola containment efforts

DELHI

With the Ebola virus showing no signs of abatement, India is stepping up its efforts to prevent an outbreak in the country. It is now conducting mock drills at airports and installing surveillance systems. All international airports and sea ports in India will soon be equipped with thermal scanners — similar to Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free — and other detection equipment, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

“We have removed all stops to constantly upgrade equipment and retrain staff,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. “There is need for constant maintenance, frequent calibration.”

While more than 22,000 passengers have been screened, India has so far not reported any cases of Ebola. The WHO, that has warned of 5,000-10,000 new cases globally every week by December, is supporting India’s preparations. Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world’s worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people across the three most-affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

Musafir Namah Bureau

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