Port Elizabeth harbour on “High Alert” for Ebola virus

OCTOBER 8, 2014

The Port Elizabeth Harbour is on “high alert” for the Ebola Virus, according to a report by the Nelson Mandela Bay Emergency Services Coordinating Committee (NMBESCC) to be presented to the Safety and Security Committee tomorrow.

National Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the National Assembly recently that Livingstone Hospital had been fully equipped and prepared to deal with any cases of Ebola.

An inspection carried out at the hospital confirmed that the response team was fully prepared.

Eastern Cape Health MEC Pumza Dyantyi said after a visit to the hospital, which has received 80 sets of protective clothing, that it was ready in all respects to deal with any situation connected with the Ebola Virus.

Senior Management Disaster Officer in Nelson Mandela Bay Thomas Cameron told the NMBESCC he had attended a meeting with the National Health Laboratory Services at which an emergency services presentation had been done with an update on clinical information.

It was proposed at the NMBESCC meeting that a team should be formed to discuss the available information “so that the Metro is not held responsible if infected patients are brought into the area”.

Cameron told the committee that all services, including private ambulance services, “should be aware of how serious the situation is with regard to the Ebola Virus, because some vessel might be carrying the infection”.

He highlighted the fact that “this was real and all emergency services must be alerted”. - MetroMinutes.

 

Photo caption: Port Elizabeth harbour is on high alert for the Ebola virus. Photo courtesy of www.photography.southerngold.co.za