Over 800 passengers being tracked for Ebola
A total of 887 passengers, most of them from Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are being tracked by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme for suspected cases of Ebola.
During past 24 hours, 161 passengers from the affected countries have arrived at the Airports of Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Three passengers from Sierra Leone admitted to the quarantine cum isolation facility at Delhi airport yesterday were tested negative and released from this facility.
About 15,009 passengers arriving at International airports have been screened since it started on 10th August 2014. No high risk suspect case has been admitted today to any of the identified health facilities.
Afcons and International SOS have brought back 113 passengers (including two Nepalese nationals) from Liberia to India.
Ninety six passengers have landed in Mumbai and another 17 in Delhi. The passengers who landed in Delhi have also been taken to Mumbai by Afcons.
They have all travelled to their respective destinations. State government has been provided with the details. The IDSP is tracking these passengers.
A report has been received from the State IDSP units of 10 of the 20 states about 35 passengers being monitored. All are healthy.
Immigration Officers have been trained in 12 of the 18 airports, where connecting flights arrive from the affected countries.
Crew members of flights arriving at Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Trivandrum have been sensitized on the measures to be taken by the airline crew and on the standard operating procedures for passenger screening at the airports by Airport Health Organizations.
The Control Room in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has received 691 calls since its inception earlier this month and only seven calls were received in the past 24 hours.
Most of the callers have sought information on signs and symptoms of the disease and travel related risk of acquiring the infection.
(Posted on 30-08-2014)