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Govt orders health desk at Kathmandu Airport2014-08-13 11:25:42

The government decided on Tuesday to set up a health desk attended by doctor at the Tribhuvann International Airport to prevent the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) into Nepal.

A meeting held at the prime Minister’s office decided to put under surveillance passengers coming from EDV-effected countries. Any suspected travelers will be allowed in only after permission from the health desk.
Experts say the dieses is a threat here too with a case detected in southern neighbor India with which Nepal shares a long open border. 

The government has asked the Home Ministry to set up surveillance at checkpoints in tatopani, kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and Mahendranagar too. The meeting chaired by PMO Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi instructed the ministry to refer and suspected EVD case to a nearby hospital or the District Health Office.
Dr Sinendra Upreti, director general of the Department of Health Services, who attended the meeting, said suspected patients from the TIA will be referred to Bir Hospital and the Teku-based Shukrataj Tropical and infectious Diseases Hospital. 

The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), responsible for responding to an epidemic outbreak, has been instructed to set up a health desk at the country’s sole international airport, and monitor passengers arriving from EVD zones. 

EDCD Director Dr Baburam Marasini said the meeting asked the health Ministry to start the process of establishing a permanent health desk at the airport. “We have demanded Rs 50 million to set up a quarantine facility. It is possible if the government releases funds,” said Dr Marasini.
An EVD outvreak in West Africa has gone unchecked, infecting 1,848 people—1013 whom died until August 9, according to World health organization. Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria are the most affected, EVD, which has case fatality rate of up to 90 percent, is believed to have been transmitted to humans from wild animals and spreads from person to person.
EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by a sudden onset fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. 


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