Health workers load Ebola patient, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, into an ambulance on the tarmac of Torrejon airbase in Madrid, after he was repatriated from Liberia for treatment in Spain, August 7, 2014. Photo: Reuters
The government has declared a 90-day surveillance to prevent deadly Ebola virus, which spread in West African countries and caused death to 961 people this year.
As part of it, medical teams will monitor international airports in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet and Chittagong Seaport.
The decision was taken at a meeting at the health ministry today with Health Minister Mohammad Nasim in the chair.
A committee has been formed with representatives from the health ministry, home ministry, Civil Aviation Authorities of Bangladesh, Department of Immigration, Directorate General of Health Services, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR).
Heath Minister MM Neazuddin will head the committee.
“Medical teams will advise the people coming from West African countries on contacting the hospital,” said Prof Mahmudur Rahman, director at the IEDCR.
A 20-bed ward will be set up at Kurmitola General Hospital, and if anybody coming from the West African countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria with the virus will be admitted and treated there, he said.
The Bangladesh government took the decision as the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared spread of Ebola virus as an international health emergency in the West African countries.