No confirmed cases of Ebola in India: WHO director

In the wake of panic-evoking messages shared on WhatsApp and social media sites on Ebola outbreak in India, Dr Poonam K Singh, regional Director of WHO South-East Asia told BioSpectrum that there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in India

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Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia

"Despite rumors," said Dr Poonam Singh, "there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the eleven countries of WHO's South-East Asia Region, including India."

According to Dr Singh, an Ebola Response Roadmap has been developed by WHO with accelerated and focused activities for the next 6 to 9 months.

The estimated financial requirement for the implementation of this roadmap is around $430 million, she revealed.

The following are the objectives of the roadmap:

  • Full geographic coverage with Ebola response activities in countries with widespread transmission
  • Ensuring emergency application of Ebola response interventions in newly affected countries
  • Strengthening global preparedness

"This is the time to step-up preparedness. A successful public health response will need strong health systems with sensitive surveillance, infection control and community mobilization," Dr Singh opined.

 

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