After analyzing the health situation in Italy where new cases of contagion occurred, the Minister of Health and Social Protection of Albania, Ogerta Manastirliu, convened yesterday, February 22, the Task Force for the prevention, control and protection against Coronavirus.
Following discussions between experts and institution leaders, it was decided to strengthen measures at border crossing points, provide more personal protective equipment and strengthen monitoring with an increase in control to prevent the penetration of the COVID virus. 19 (Coronavirus).
The Task Force doubled staff at health units at border points such as airports, ports and land border crossings.
As reported by i Albanian media It was decided to strengthen controls at border crossing points for all travelers from the geographical areas where outbreaks developed according to WHO indications. Furthermore, a plan for managing information at border crossing points was decided, to provide travelers with more information on how to move in case of clinical signs or contact with people from countries where outbreaks have been confirmed.
In addition, there will be an increase in the amount of personal protective equipment for all levels of service, from border crossings, to hospital health facilities up to the level of laboratory diagnosis.
The Task Force has decided that the self-quarantine measure of people from countries with virus outbreaks must continue. In addition, the quarantine site was identified and will function as a hospital which has been evaluated by the technical committee, according to the criteria and standards established by the WHO.
The Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Task Force for preventing the spread of new coronavirus recommend that all citizens who have traveled from the countries concerned call the national emergency number 127 in case of doubts or clinical signs, without going directly to Hospital.
Meanwhile, checks are increasing for travelers arriving from Italy
According to the Albanian newspaper Shqiptarja.com today the checks at the port of Durres were intensified where at 7:40 in the Albanian coastal city, a ferry arrived with 340 passengers.
A team of 7 doctors received the list of passengers from the port authority the night before, so they check in advance if there are arrivals from China or other interested countries. Medical checks are more concentrated on these people.
Doctors stayed inside the ferry for about 15-20 minutes, equipped with remote thermometers to check the temperature, which is the first symptom of coronavirus infection.
In the event of suspicion, passengers will be taken with the port ambulance and sent to the quarantine room outside the port area for more detailed examination.
Former Prime Minister Berisha in an FB status has attacked the government harshly on managing coronavirus prevention.
“By inviting citizens to remain calm and to remember that panic is an ally of the virus, I strongly condemn the criminal attitude of Edvin Cheater (Rama ed) towards this really serious problem.
Aside from his spokesperson's frequent and criminal deception, he has not taken any real effective measures to prevent and deal with this brutal epidemic that causes high mortality. There are no checks carried out at airports for people coming from infected areas, there is no quarantine and treatment center for suspects or with clear signs of disease and masks and respirators are missing. " said Berisha.
Coronavirus: indications and behaviors to follow
The Albanian Ministry shared the indications and behavior to follow in the Albanian language. In Italy, on the other hand, those who experience flu symptoms or respiratory problems do not have to go to the emergency room, but must call 112 which will evaluate each situation and explain what to do. For general information call 1500, the public utility number activated by the Ministry of Health.