A circular issued by the Ministry of Labour for the protection of workers in Greece from the Ebola epidemic asks the Labour Inspectorate to inform employers and employees for the emergency response procedures demanded in all working places, as to avoid the spread of the Ebola virus.
The circular informs the Inspectors for Occupational Health and Safety that in cases of inspections of their competence conducted in areas where there might have appeared possible workers’ or personnel exposure to the Ebola virus, it is their duty to inform the employers on the employers’ obligation for the measures that should be taken for the Prevention and Protection of the workers’ health, and also to inform employees for the necessary precautions taken for their protection.
The high risk groups among workers on the risk of exposure to the Ebola virus are mainly workers in hospitals, especially doctors and nurses, the ambulance crews, workers at airports and seaports.
For each worker of the high risk groups, employer should take responsibility for the workers’ information of the errors and the Public Health Guidelines for taking the necessary preventive and protective measures, such as the provision of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and the workers’ training for their safe and appropriate use.
“Despite the fact that Greece is characterised low risk for the introduction of Ebola virus, to the moment and based on the estimates of the Greek CDC, (KEELPNO), we consider it essential to inform employers and employees about the characteristics of the disease and the Prevention measures that should be taken.
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A U.S. citizen who was suspected of having Ebola because he fell ill after travelling to the region affected by Ebola died on Monday in Ghana. The man, who has not been identified, was in quarantine at a clinic in the capital Accra.
Four tests on the man have all proved negative for Ebola,
Ghana's health ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday, source Reuters
According to the WHO, some key facts to watch out for in the event of infection from EVD include the following:
Lagos State Ministry of Health in April issued a public statement urging members of the public to observe and maintain high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the State.
According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, "These measures which include
are necessary in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Protective Clothing and Equipment
Barrier nursing techniques include:
Containment of this outbreak requires a strong response in the countries and especially along their shared border areas.
On the Alert have been set the
Public Health Emergency Response authorities in Greece at the port of
Piraeus while the Greek flagged cargo ship "Magda P" was expected this
afternoon with a concerning possible Ebola case on a crew member who was
reported with fever onset four days before, and a febrile
episode, which set on the alarm the Ebola Emergency Response authorities in
On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second healthcare worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.
Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13.
CDC is asking all 132 passengers on Frontier
Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 13 (the
flight route was Cleveland to Dallas Fort Worth and landed at 8:16 p.m.
CT) to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636).
After 1 p.m. ET, public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight, answering their questions, and arranging follow up. Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored.
The healthcare worker exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier is working closely with CDC to identify and notify passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 on Oct. 13. Passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 should contact CDC at 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636).
"Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids," writes the WHO.
WHO and technical partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), including the EU Mobile Laboratory consortium, the IFRC, and national societies, Institut Pasteur Dakar, Institut Pasteur Lyon, Institut Pasteur Paris, Bernard Nocht Institute in Hamburg, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health England, and US CDC, together with UN agencies, DFID, EU, ECHO, and other partners are providing the necessary technical expertise and support to the Ministries of Health to stop community and health facility transmission of the virus.WHO is closely supporting the Ministries of Health through the deployment of additional experts in various specialties, providing field logistics support, and personal protective equipment and medical supplies. These experts are drawn from WHO offices, GROAN partners, specialised networks, especially in the region,
When cases of the disease do appear, there is increased risk of transmission within health care settings. Therefore, health care workers must be able to recognize a case of Ebola HF and be ready to employ practical
The aim of all of these techniques is to avoid contact with the blood or secretions of an infected patient.
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