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Measures in place to guard against Ebola: MOH

The Ministry of Health says all public hospitals have implemented infection control procedures, and that contingency plans are in place at Changi Airport in the event of an imported Ebola case.

SINGAPORE: In the wake of the World Health Organisation declaring the Ebola epidemic an international health emergency, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has outlined its contingency plans in the event of an imported case of the disease. It says all public hospitals have put in place infection control procedures.

A statement from MOH on Friday (Aug 8) says all medical practitioners and hospitals have been alerted to be vigilant to possible cases of Ebola as well, and to report them to MOH accordingly. Management of suspected Ebola cases will be centralised in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). 

MOH says contingency plans are also in place at Changi Airport to manage passengers with signs of Ebola. Such passengers will be isolated and transferred using a Portable Medical Isolation Unit to TTSH.

MOH has worked with Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) on border health measures. Health advisory notices have been distributed to nationals from affected areas, starting from Thursday. The notices advise travellers to consult doctors if they feel unwell with sudden onset of high fever, stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, rash or bleeding, within three weeks of being in any Ebola-affected areas in West Africa.

​MOH says it has been ready to conduct contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Ebola since the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa. All close contacts will be quarantined and monitored for up to 21 days, either in their homes or in the Government Quarantine Facility in Pasir Ris.

Singaporeans have been advised to avoid non-essential travel to the Ebola outbreak areas in West Africa. MOH says it will continue to closely monitor the situation, and continually assess and calibrate its measures.

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