China gives $4.9m for Ebola fight

Health com­mis­sion or­ders border con­trol to in­ten­sify checks of in­bound trav­el­ers

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By SHAN JUAN shan­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Chi­nese govern­ment an­nounced on Thurs­day it will pro­vide 30 mil­lion yuan ($4.86 mil­lion) in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to four Ebola-rav­aged coun­tries in West Africa to help con­tain the out­break.

The Ebola virus has been blamed for at least 932 deaths in four western African coun­tries — Guinea, Liberia, Nige­ria and Sierra Leone — with 1,711 re­ported cases, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

China’s Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said on Thurs­day that no Ebola cases have been re­ported in China. Song Shuli, the com­mis­sion’s spokes­woman, said a se­ries of pre­ven­tive mea­sures have been taken to stop the virus from en­ter­ing the coun­try.

The com­mis­sion said it is com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion to bet­ter mon­i­tor and an­tic­i­pate the spread of the virus.

It has also or­dered border con­trol au­thor­i­ties to in­ten­sify their checks of in­bound trav­el­ers, Song said at a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day.

She dis­missed an on­line ru­mor that a person in Shang­hai died of Ebola virus. She also said “the pos­si­bil­ity of the virus com­ing to China re­mains slim right now” in re­sponse to news re­ports in late July of a Hong Kong woman who showed symp­toms sug­ges­tive of the Ebola virus af­ter a visit to Kenya. She later tested neg­a­tive for the dis­ease.

Lo­cal med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions must re­port any con­firmed or sus­pected Ebola cases di­rectly to the com­mis­sion within two hours, said Song, who added that the pub­lic should learn more about the dis­ease to pro­tect them­selves.

The Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine said on Mon­day that it would step up in­spec­tions on in­bound air­lines from re­gions af­fected by the Ebola virus and in­crease san­i­tary mea­sures on in­com­ing ve­hi­cles and goods.

Im­ports of spe­cial goods and an­i­mal prod­ucts would be halted, it said.

Xu Jianguo, a se­nior spe­cial­ist with the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, said so­ci­ety, the govern­ment and in­di­vid­u­als should play their own part to con­tain the out­break.

The Ebola virus spreads from an in­fected person’s body flu­ids or se­cre­tions such as stool, urine, saliva and se­men.

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