India’s Airports have tightened security after the breakout of Ebola in West Africa over the last two months with heightened surveillance and additional medical examinations included with travel history investigation.
The Indian government has screened 21,799 people but none of them have become positively infected by the disease. Meanwhile 1,200 foreign travellers have suspected Ebola cases and 485 passengers remain in quarantine in a Delhi facility.
Most of these passengers came from Ebola-infected countries, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea, Congo and Senegal. They have also reported symptoms of suspected Ebola including fever, fatigue sore throat, muscle ache, nausea and headache.
According to Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan “The health ministry is providing technical and material support to states for preparing health facilities with dedicated isolation wards, enabling them to provide diagnosis, treatment and care, and infection control under proper guidelines.”
The World Health Organisation had declared the Africa Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency last August, with over 8,400 infected and half of the number dead from the virus.
According to Kolkata Airport Health Officer Dr. PC Mondal, 150 passengers have been screened at the airport and they are following central government guidelines religiously, with special counters used for individuals coming from Ebola-affected countries.