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Let’s Do Everything We Can To Stop Ebola Breaching Our Border

While countries around the world are taking emergency measures to stem a deadly Ebola virus outbreak, Fiji needs to seriously look at having a system in place to combat it.
13 Oct 2014 08:42
Let’s Do Everything We Can To Stop Ebola Breaching Our Border
The biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded requires an intensification of efforts to avoid it from spreading further and claiming more lives.

While countries around the world are taking emergency measures to stem a deadly Ebola virus outbreak, Fiji needs to seriously look at having a system in place to combat it.

Our neighbour, Australia, is dealing with an Ebola scare.

While the Health Department there says the risk of an Ebola outbreak remains low, it has introduced screening measures at international airports around the nation. Eleven Australians suspected of contracting Ebola have tested negative.

With the global death toll exceeding 4000, no country can afford to be complacent, Fiji included. The fact that we have Fijians, Police officers serving under the United Nations, in Liberia, the heartland of Ebola, makes it essential that we take the necessary precautions.

Let’s hope Minister for Health Jone Usamate and other relevant Government agencies take the necessary steps, if they have not done so, to ensure that Ebola does not pass through our border security.

In a recent assessment, Dr Mike Kama, the communicable diseases national adviser, said Fiji’s Ebola risk was low. While this may be true, we still need to be vigilant.

Outside of Africa, a person has died in America, a victim is being treated in Spain.

A UN official just back in New York from west Africa warned the disease was outpacing efforts to fight it.

“The virus is far ahead of us and every day the situation gets worse,” the head of the UN’s emergency Ebola mission Anthony Banbury, told UN leaders after a tour of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the nations worst hit by the epidemic.

“Collectively we must stop the spread to other countries and ensure that countries are prepared to rapidly detect, control, and eliminate the virus if it is introduced,” Mr Banbury

We should take our cue from that statement.

It is better to err on the side of caution.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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