A drill on response measures, quarantine and treatment for suspected Ebola patients was jointly organised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the National Hospital for Tropical Disease in Hanoi on November 7.

The event was attended by leaders of hospitals in Hanoi, ministry officials, and representatives of the northern provincial health departments.

The drill scenario entailed the discovery of a suspected Ebola patient at Noi Bai International Airport and the subsequent transport to the National Hospital for Tropical Disease in an ambulance.

As the scenario unfolded, an isolation area was set up at the hospital from which all staff and other patients were removed.

The scenario called for the careful application of the MoH instructions on decontamination, diagnosis, testing, consultation, patient care and corpse handling.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen called upon all provincial health departments to organise similar drills in order to assess response times and ensure the correct and timely implementation of ministry guidelines to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Ebola is a fatal virus often characterised by the sudden onset of a fever, severe weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. So far, no cases of infection have been reported in Vietnam.-VNA