Cape Verde takes countermeasures for the Ebola virus
Cape Verde has already implemented a series of measures to block the possible entry of the Ebola virus into the country. Close control at the airports and ports of Cape Verde is the first preventive measure, announced the Director General of Health, Antonio Delgado.
Cape Verde received 6,350 equipment kits from the World Health Organization for Ebola Prevention. The set with masks, gloves, glasses and other materials are intended for health professionals, in this first phase of prevention.
The representative of the World Health Organization in Cape Verde, Disadidí Ambrose, said that even if there is no case registered in the country, the WHO and the Ministry of Health recognize the importance of preparing and educating health care workers for use of such equipment in the event of a collision. For Disadidí, “zero risk does not exist” and therefore came to help Cape Verde in preventing and preparing health workers.
Already the health minister, Cristina Fontes Lima, says she expects more kits for the laboratories and for the possible collection of data. But he warns that it is only a precautionary measure and that “there is no reason to be alarmed”.
At the control level in the ports, the official reported that S. Vicente received a boat from Guinea, but this did not present any problem. “Zero risk does not exist, but Cape Verde is in a more secure position because there are no land borders,” he said.
“The border and health authorities have been alerted,” said Antonio Delgado. Food products such as meat will be strictly controlled to block the entry of chimpanzees or monkey meat into the country, as they are the main foci of transmission of the virus. There is also greater incoming control of the citizens of the African coast.
Other measures have been taken “to strengthen and update the knowledge of health professionals, in order to remain alert to possible cases that may arise,” says Delgado. Some diagnostic equipment and materials for the protection of professionals who respond to these cases have already been ordered.
The focus is on prevention, as there is no cure for the disease that killed 61 people in Guinea Conakry and five in Liberia. “We want to make a barrier to entry,” said António Delgado, also warning that the symptoms of Ebola are similar to those of influenza, what differentiates them is the presence of bleeding.
The Director General of Health says there is no reason to panic. Recommend to citizens to take care of personal hygiene, avoid direct contact with infected people and corpses. But, he warns: if you arrive at an established case, the infected will go to the nearest hospital, where he will remain isolated for symptomatic treatment.
To prevent this epidemic, both the government and the Cape Verdean health authorities have been mobilized. It is in this sense that a technical committee has already begun to investigate a possible outbreak of the disease in the country. Senegal, a country connected by air to Cape Verde, has closed its borders with the infected countries.
The head of the government of Cape Verde, José Maria Neves, announced the prohibition, for a provisional period of three months, for entry into the country to people from countries affected by the Ebola virus. The travels of the official delegations of these countries were suspended and the trip for the citizens and residents of Cape Verde to this region, as an epidemic prevention, was not recommended. At the same time, internal surveillance is hardened and awareness campaigns are intensified.