Date
17 August 2017
The International Red Cross has launched emergency operations in six West African countries in response to the Ebola virus outbreak. Photo: IFRC
The International Red Cross has launched emergency operations in six West African countries in response to the Ebola virus outbreak. Photo: IFRC

Medical surveillance planned for HK experts sent to Liberia

Two medical experts sent by the Red Cross to the Republic of Liberia, which is suffering from an Ebola epidemic, are due to return to Hong Kong next week, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Clinical psychologist Cheung Yee-lai and public health doctor Yeung Pui-shan left in July to provide support and training for the organization’s staff in the West African nation. Their return date has not been confirmed by the Red Cross.

Hong Kong’s Department of Health has been in touch with the Red Cross.

It is known that both of the experts have not had direct contact with patients in the areas affected by the Ebola virus and had not visited local medical institutions.

The department is preparing to make a health assessment of the experts at the airport on their return.

No quarantine is needed if they do not show symptoms of fever, diarrhea, rash or bleeding. However, they must be under medical surveillance for 21 days.

Meanwhile, several government departments held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading if the epidemic is found in the city, including arrangements for hospitalizing patients, sterilization and information reporting.

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