In response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Western Africa, Chan Wai Sin, Deputy Director of the Macau Health Bureau called a meeting today to assess the situation, and called on the public to stay vigilant when traveling abroad

2014-07-30 22:38

Source: Macau Health Bureau

(GGCT translation)

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In response to the escalating outbreak of  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Western Africa, Chan Wai Sin, Deputy Director of SSM, held a meeting to assess the situation today (July 30). Participants took part in in-depth discussion on the latest development, as well as the prevention and control measures for the EVD. The attendees included Lei Wai Seng, Vice Superintendent of Centro Hospitalar Conde de São Januário (CHCSJ), Ng Hou, chief of medical staff at CHCSJ, Lam Chong, director of Macau Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and Chao Ana Maria, Acting Nursing Supervisor of CHCSJ. 

The SSM said it has been closely watching the development of the Ebola outbreak since the World Health Organization issued alert about the epidemic.  Macau has little rapport or exchanges with countries with the outbreak, and thus for the time being the risk for Macau to be affected is low. The SSM has designated quarantine wards and facilities, whereby patients infected with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), if any, can be given the necessary medical care. The SSM has also put in place adequate protective devices that can meet the demands for at least three months. The SSM will provide medical institutions and medical staff in Macau with guidelines on epidemic prevention, and will take the corresponding measures according to the development of the epidemic. The SSM once again calls on citizens to carefully evaluate the situation before they decide to visit places with the epidemic outbreak; they should cancel or postpone trips that are not absolutely necessary. 

When staying in affected areas, travelers should observe good personal and environmental hygiene, and wash their hands frequently; avoid coming into contact with animals or dead animals; cook food thoroughly before consumption, peel and wash vegetables and fruits before eating; avoid visiting hospitals or families with infected persons unless necessary; avoid contact with suspected patients and their blood or bodily fluids, including items which may have come in contact with an infected person's blood or bodily fluids; wash hands immediately in case of contact with the blood or bodily fluids of patients and consult the doctor if necessary. 

If citizens, who have set foot in regions affected by EVD, detect any symptom of fever, diarrhea, emesis, rash or bleeding, they should go to see a doctor as soon as possible and tell the doctor their latest travel history. For any inquiry, please call the SSM's hot line 28700800.

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