Minister of Health reviews Ebola preparedness during ‘30 Minutes with the Prime Minister’

Trans. by D.SERGELEN

The Minister of Health, N.Udval, spoke at the “30 Minutes with the Prime Minister” about what measures are being taken in Mongolia to address the global spread of the Ebola virus.
She said that over 10,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the U.S., as of October 19, and more than half of those infected with the virus have died.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 443 doctors and hospital workers have been infected, and unfortunately, half of them have died.
The symptoms of Ebola can be a sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash and external and internal bleeding. It is transmitted through infected saliva, blood and semen making contact with broken skin or mucous membrane. N.Udval added that the latency period is 21 days and the virus lives in the human body but can’t withstand cold air. It can still live in a patient’s body even after recovery.
The Minister of Health reported that Mongolia is prepared for disease prevention and treatment in the case that the Ebola virus arrives in Mongolia, with 477 million MNT from the Parliament and 160 million MNT from WHO budgeted.
Medical training for hospital workers and the examination of legal entrants to Mongolia has begun, and a 50-bed hospital wing has been prepared at the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center. A month-long supply of blood has been reserved for the wing.
The Minister of Health emphasized that Mongolia is putting visa restrictions on travelers from some countries with cases of Ebola, and the most important thing is to prevent the virus from spreading in Mongolia and to be ready for treatment if cases should arise.
During her appearance on “30 Minutes with the Prime Minister” she also introduced big investments made in the health sector.
Mongolian hospitals, including the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center, installed new radiation therapy equipment. This equipment displays how much treatment is required for a patient, as well as to which part of the body. It decreases the negative effects of radiation treatment on other healthy organs.
Investments were also made in improving hemodialysis treatment and organ transplants.

N.Udval, the Minister of Health answered journalist’s questions.

Lately, people seem to prefer traditional treatment. What is the Ministry of Health doing about this issue?

It is true that the policy for traditional treatment is unbalanced, because the traditional hospitals were privatized. It is definitely one of the problems facing this sector, so we are going to discuss this issue during the parliamentary meeting. It is necessary to oversee traditional treatments as a part of state policy because the prices of these treatments are reasonable, as well as effective.

People are dying because of doctor error in surgery. What measures are being taken against this?

The Ministry of Health is taking measures and has started registering cases of careless operations. Currently, charging doctors with responsibility covers only reminders, salary deductions and terminating their professional licenses.

When will the new maternity hospital in Yarmag be open?

Construction was temporary halted due to lack of funding. The working group under the Ministry of Health discussed this issue with the Parliament and the Standing Committee on Social Policy, but we could not resolve this issue. The Minister of Finance is leading an internal working group to resolve the construction issue. We suggested finishing the building through concessions, but it has not been supported yet.

Source: Undesnii Shuudan

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