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Govt orders health desk at Tribhuvan International Airport Nepal to stop Ebola Crisis

A meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office decided to put under surveillance passengers coming from EVD-affected countries. Any suspected traveller will be allowed in only after permission from the health desk.

Experts say the disease is a threat here too with a case detected in southern neighbour India with which Nepal shares a long open border.




The government has asked the Home Ministry to step 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 any 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 Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital.

EDCD Director Dr Baburam Marasini said the meeting asked the Health Ministry to begin 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 outbreak in West Africa has gone unchecked, infecting 1,848 people--1013 of whom died until August 9, according to World Health Organization. Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria are the most affected. EVD, which has a 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 characterised by a sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus.


Article by:  Ekantipur / Manish Gautam

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