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Hanoi organises drill on Ebola prevention

Hanoi, September 28 (VNA) – The Hanoi Department of Health on September 27 ran an exercise to prepare medical staff for a possible Ebola outbreak in case the virus, which is spreading rapidly across West Africa, enters Vietnam.

A simulation scenario was created in Uy No commune, Dong Anh district, implying that a Vietnamese guest worker returned from Ebola-hit Nigeria and developed symptoms of fever, headache and muscle aches.

Responses were carried out with joint efforts by the patient’s family, local authorities and hospital staff.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Head of the municipal Health Department Hoang Duc Hanh called upon the involved agencies to remain prepared to tackle the virus if it occurs in the country.

A short training course on preventive measures and responses against Ebola virus was organised in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong from September 22-27.

The current outbreak of Ebola, which is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, such as sweat and blood, has killed at least 3,091 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organisation’s statistics on September 26.

No Ebola infections have been reported in Vietnam so far.