Ebola Prevention: 75 Health Surveillance Officers Recruited At The Airport of Mauritius

Mauritian authorities operating at the level of the airport and hospitals are focusing their efforts on preventive measures agains the Ebola virus. Several people have been recruited to assist the team at the airport to monitor the health state of incoming passengers, particularly those coming from West Africa.

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Today, 14th of August, representatives from the police force and airport authorities together with officials from the Ministry of Health held a meeting at the Sir Seewoosagur International Airport at Plaisance to discuss the steps to be taken to facilitate the application of the measures of prevention against Ebola virus. Another aim of the meeting was to draft out an Emergency Health Plan.

The security measures at the airport have been intensified to avoid the spread of the virus in case anyone arriving on the island is infected with the deadly pathogen. Those travelling to the country from the four West African countries affecteeed by Ebola are put under even more supervision.

On landing, the passengers have to queue up at the Health Section. Around 75 Health Surveillance Officers have been hired to follow the passengers. All departments of the airport have to follow a certain protocol. Every possible precaution is to be taken – this has been the state of affairs in Mauritius ever since the World Health Organisation tagged Ebola as viral epidemic. The disease remaining without definite cure, it is primordial to prevent its very occurrence – prevention is always better than cure; now what to make of a disease whose cure has not even been discovered.

The authorities in Mauritius have thus tightened the security measures at the airport in order to prevent any outbreak of an epidemic in the country.

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