Ethiopia's EPHI showcases Ebola prevention measures

August 17, 2014

by Christy Craig

As the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak continues to unfold, countries across the continent are putting their outbreak preparedness measures into practice to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Although Ethiopia is not considered a high-risk country for the disease to spread, IANPHI member Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI), part of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), is taking careful precautions to prevent the virus from entering Ethiopia. On August 5th, a half-day orientation was held in Addis Ababa to orient health workers about Ebola, and the disease surveillance system in place in Ethiopia. The orientation also familiarized health workers with the risk factors, symptoms, and key steps to preventing transmission of the infection. Over 200 health workers attended the orientation.

According to the WHO, the Ethiopian FMoH has also “developed a preparedness plan, designated an isolation unit, and pre-positioned Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use by its frontline staff in high risk situations.” EPHI will conduct additional Ebola preparedness trainings across the country.

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