Out Going Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale
Health Ministry Indicates Signs For Isolation
MONROVIA, November 20 (LINA) - The public and international partners are warned that any person suspected of having the symptoms of the Ebola virus shall immediately be isolated.
According to a Health Ministry Regulation issued Thursday, only healthcare workers or local authority shall be allowed in such facility, until medically determined the patient has the symptom or no longer poses danger to public health or conditions of public health.
According to the regulation, local healthcare facilities and, or authorities shall prevent any person or persons from leaving any area or building declared as Ebola infected until all or any of the following, as deemed appropriate, shall have been done.
The measures to be applied include medical examination, disinfection, inoculation, vaccination, or revaccination, immunization or passing a period in an observation camp or station.
In keeping with his statutory mandate, the minister of health may quarantine an entire community, district, county or region for a period of twenty one (21) days or beyond but not exceeding one month where in his/her judgment such quarantine will prevent the spread of the virus from or into the quarantined area.
Under Section 5 of the regulation, owners or persons in charge of public buildings, residences, and commercial facilities like video clubs, cinemas, bars, night clubs, and restaurants shall not knowingly or negligently permit a person affected with or showing symptoms of Ebola virus to enter into or work in such buildings, facilities and residences.
“Owners or persons in charge of public buildings, residences or commercial facilities shall have the duty to place faucet attached bucket (s) containing chlorinated water or sanitizer and ensure that each person, prior to entry into such facility, will wash his/her hands and his/her temperature tested”, the regulation stressed.
It also said any person presenting a temperature above 37.5 degrees Centigrade or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit shall be considered as an IVD suspect, in which case the person shall be denied entrance into the building or commercial facility and referred to the nearest healthcare facility or authority.