Morocco activates Ebola monitoring plan

Employees of the airport medical service are seen with their Ebola gears outside the Mohammed V airport in Cassablanca, Morocco

The Ministry of Health has activated the national plan for monitoring for Ebola in response to its reappearance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by establishing a cell to evaluate the risks on a regular basis and monitor the virus’s spread.

According to a statement from the ministry, the possibility of Ebola coming into the Kingdom remains weak in light of current data.

In cooperation with its partners, the ministry has taken a series of preventive and proactive measures, by monitoring the situation in the DRC, assessing the systematic risk, following up on World Health Organization recommendations, medically observing flights from the DRC, and distributing flyers to travelers coming from the DRC.

At Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport, thermal imaging cameras were installed and an ambulance provided.

The ministry also strengthened the diagnosis methods and management procedures for suspected cases by giving the Institut Pasteur’s reference laboratory  diagnostic equipment.

On May 8, the Congolese government announced the re-emergence of the Ebola virus in the northwest Equateur province where 62 cases of hemorrhagic fever, including 27 deaths, were recorded up until June 6.