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Tuesday 14 October 2014

Morocco Sets Up National Plan To Prevent Ebola Virus Entry To Kingdom

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Morocco Sets Up National Plan To Prevent Ebola Virus Entry To Kingdom, Official

Morocco Sets Up National Plan To Prevent Ebola Virus Entry To Kingdom 

Health minister El Houssaine Louardi said, on Wednesday, that his department has set up a nation-wide plan to prevent the entry of Ebola virus to Morocco, adding that no case of the epidemic was detected in the country until now.

Morocco sets up national plan to prevent Ebola virus entry to Kingdom, Official

The plan includes four main measures namely early detection of infection in coordination with carrier RAM, said the minister at a press conference, noting that airports and planes have been equipped with thermal cameras to spot contaminated travelers.

 The measures include also preparing 4 laboratories, at the national level, that meet international criteria and carry out rapid test on suspicious subjects, in addition to taking other measures related to diagnosis and providing health care for sick people, he said, adding that a free toll number was made available to answer citizens' questions.

 

 The official said that the ministry is monitoring the situation of 39 nationals from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia who entered Morocco either for a visit or to stay there for good.

 

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There are no declared cases of the deadly Ebola disease in Morocco, said Tuesday in Rabat minister of Health El Houssaine Louardi.

The minister, who was speaking at an oral session in the House of Councillors, added that his department has taken in coordination with other concerned services, all necessary measures to address any potential case of this virus. 

Among these measures, Louardi notably mentioned tightening control measures in airports, equiping national laboratories with necessary installations to ensure rapid tests for suspected cases and providing appropriate infrastructures for optimal medical care for potential cases. 

Concerning the government's request to postpone the 2015 African Cup of Nations scheduled for next January and February, Moroccan health official said the request was based on his recommendations and draws legitimacy from international health regulations.

The health ministry had recommended avoiding gatherings involving countries affected by the Ebola virus in order to prevent its spreading.

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