The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to increase the number of certified nurses at quarantine stations at 21 regional airports in Japan to prepare for possible outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Currently, 384 health ministry personnel, including doctors, nurses and administrative officials, are assigned to quarantine stations at airports, TBS reported Wednesday. However, 19 airports have no personnel.
The ministry said it will add 30 certified nurses as inspectors at regional airports including Ibaraki and Shizuoka, starting from January.
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases will hire more researchers as well.
“Preventing the spread of Ebola to Japan is essential," said a health ministry spokesman. "Increasing personnel is one of our strategies.”© Japan Today