Meeting follows up on measures to prevent spread of cholera in Jordan

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AMMAN — The National Center for Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, headed by Raeda Al-Qutb, held a meeting on Tuesday in the presence of the concerned authorities to discuss developments and follow up on the measures recommended last week, regarding cholera, which has spread in neighboring countries, specifically Syria, according to local media outlets.اضافة اعلان

The attendees, including representatives from the ministries of health, agriculture, environment, water and irrigation, the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, the Food and Drug Administration and other partner agencies, discussed precautionary measures at the national level to prepare for and respond to cholera.

The meeting stressed the need for continued coordination between the concerned official authorities with the center in the coming period to ensure health security related to preventing the spread of cholera in the Kingdom.

The meeting stressed “the need to intensify control over travelers coming from border crossings, especially on foods that are eaten raw, such as vegetables and fruits and to destroy them if they are not canned or processed.”

The attendees stressed that the situation in the Kingdom related to cholera is “reassuring so far” because drinking water, which is the main source of transmission of cholera infection, is safe in Jordan. The health infrastructure in the Kingdom being “ready and able” to deal with any detected or suspected cases of being infected with cholera, they said.

Qutb stated that “one of the center’s tasks, is to monitor epidemics and communicable diseases nationally, regionally, and internationally, and to detect new or emerging threats and to recommend their prevention,  and coordinate response efforts.

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