Indore : With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, the Union Government has alerted all the State and District Health Departments to keep vigil on people coming from affected countries.

The government has ordered the health officers to keep records of people coming from the affected-countries and also those who have come in contact with them.

The District Health Department also received a letter on Friday from the Centre to maintain strict vigil on airports, railway stations and other entry points.

“We’ve received a letter from the Central Government about the Ebola alert. It was stated that Ebola virus is spreading fast and the health officials must take step to deal the situation,” Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme In-Charge Dr GL Sodhi said.

He further said that the orders were issued to all the Chief Medical and Health Officers and the Civil Surgeons in this regard.

As per the orders, the health officials have to take records of people coming from West Africa and other countries from the airport authority, railway stations and other means of transport.

“We will have to conduct regular health checkups and to keep an eye on every activity of person coming from those countries for three weeks. Health checkups for people who come in contact to the affected will also be conducted,” Dr Sodhi said.

He further said that they had sent copies of orders along with the guidelines issued by the government to the airport authority, railway station in-charge and the Regional Transport Officer.

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