Mali: Mali announces measures to check the spread of Ebola

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is taking a series of measures to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus after the country recorded four deaths in the past few days.

The measures were agreed at the fourth meeting of the inter-ministerial Ebola Crisis Management Committee held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Moussa Mara.

The measures include operationalizing the Kourémalé isolation centre on Mali-Guinea border during the week, increasing awareness by involving transport companies and mobilizing security forces and the army to support health services.

Others are disinfecting mortuaries and corpses, motivating field workers according to levels of risks, strengthening protective equipment, inspecting sanitizing gels sold in pharmacies and local manufacture of these products in the coming days.

During the meeting, the Director of the National Ebola Centre (CNAM), Samba Sow, was appointed coordinator of the isolation centre in Kourémalé.

The meeting agreed that transport companies would produce passenger manifests with temperature readings while daily bulletins on the fight against Ebola would also be produced.

The disinfection of mortuaries and corpses is expected to be quickly implemented with all actors including hospitals, clinics, places of worship and families.

It said the operation of hotlines would be improved in terms of positions, fixed road checkpoints would be reinforced by mobile control rooms while awareness-raising would continue in school on a daily basis.

The Prime Minister said that no laxity would be tolerated in the whole chain, especially on the part of health personnel, while unannounced visits would be undertaken by members of the government based on the prevention map set up by the Minister of Health.
-0- PANA GT/BEH/IBA/JEN/MA 20Nov2014

20 november 2014 20:30:33

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