Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the COVID19 Ministerial Committee to assess the status of preparedness tasks undertaken nationally. State Minister Dr Lia Tadesse briefed the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet on related activities since the announcement of COVID19.
In Ethiopia, there is no confirmed positive case thus far. Nevertheless the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with relevant institutions, has: set up a 24hr emergency center to work on COVID19 preparedness, screening of travelers entering the country through land and air.
In addition, the Ministry also setup of Yeka Kotebe hospital as the primary hospital to take care of suspected cases and positive confirmations with the capacity to attend to 600 patients, collection of required input materials for prevention and response, like masks etc and working on strengthening communication and relaying adequately and timely information to the public to raise awareness
Considering global trends, it is inevitable that cases will emerge in the country and therefore the public needs to be well aware of prevention precautions and keep calm. Relatedly, members of the public are advised to:
1. Increase sanitation practices, washing hands frequently and limiting unnecessary touching
2. Increase consumption of immune system boosting nutrients; and
3. Engage in awareness-raising on prevention measures and alert public health officials on suspected cases