Israeli Hospitals Set Up Ebola Wards, as Country Prepares for Possible Cases From African Travelers (VIDEO)
Israel’s Ministry of Health recently ordered the establishment of two national centers, one at the northern port city, and the second at the Sheba medical center, near Tel Aviv, for receiving patients suspected of carrying the disease.
“We have decided to place the special isolation tents in the lower level of the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital. The location there makes it possible to isolate patients relatively far from other departments. In addition, due to our emergency preparedness, this facility has all of the electricity, communication lines, suction, and oxygen connections needed in a standard hospital,” Beyar said.
On Friday, Israel held a test screening of arriving passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport, in accordance with the directives from two previous special meetings held in recent weeks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and medical, border, and administrative agencies.
In a meeting held last Sunday, the Israeli government decided to tighten the screening of people entering Israel from countries most prone to Ebola: Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
The decision stipulates that every individual entering Israel from those countries by air, land, or sea will be screened with a questionnaire.
“The State of Israel is preparing to do everything possible to prevent Ebola patients from entering its territory,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom.
On October, 5, MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, announced that Israel was sending three mobile emergency clinics to areas in western Africa where there is a high risk of infection with Ebola.
“In response to requests by many governments, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as Israeli and international aid organizations, the Foreign Ministry has decided to increase Israel’s contribution to the international effort to prevent the spreading of the Ebola epidemic,” according to the ministry.
“Staff training will focus on preventing the spread of the disease and raising awareness among populations with high potential for infection.”
Watch a brief video clip (silent) of hospital medical staff being introduced to the isolettes:
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