Measures adopted by the Government of Spain

Imagen de una reunión del comité especial sobre la gestión del ébola

In collaboration with the Health Councils of the various regional governments, the Instituto de Salud Carlos III [Carlos III Health Institute] and scientific societies, the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality has implemented a protocol against the Ebola virus disease in Spain in line with the recommendations issued by international bodies aimed at guaranteeing the detection and early diagnosis of any possible cases and immediately adopting the appropriate control measures. Furthermore, this protocol has been reviewed by both national and international experts.

Together with the Foreign Health services, the Ministry of Health has drawn up an action protocol for all points of entry into Spain under which the health declarations (Aircraft General Declaration and Maritime Declaration of Health) of all aircraft and ships coming from the affected countries are checked.

The Ministry of Health is in constant coordination with the Regional Government of Madrid to monitor the situation.

The Ministry of Health is working closely and in a coordinated fashion with other ministerial departments (Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Public Works, Treasury, Defence and Public Administration Services). Work is being carried out in a closely coordinated fashion and the recommendations from the World Health Organization and bodies of the European Union are being followed, as are those from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Information leaflets have been produced for distribution among passengers coming from the affected areas. Furthermore, posters have been prepared with information for all travellers arriving in Spain (including non-direct flights from affected countries).

The Ministry of Health has also provided instructions to airlines and cabin crews on the management of passengers who could be sick and on the disinfection of aircraft.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation remains in permanent contact with the Spanish embassies and consulates located in the affected areas in order to gather detailed information about the situation of Spanish citizens on the ground and the public health situation. Based on the information it gathers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation issues specific recommendations on the risks incurred when travelling to the countries affected by outbreaks.

Recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for those people planning to travel to the areas affected by outbreaks of Ebola:

Liberia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not travelling to this country under any circumstances: See the full report

Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not travelling to this country under any circumstances: See the full report

Guinea-Conakry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not travelling to this country unless it is absolutely necessary: See the full report

Nigeria

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not travelling to this country unless it is absolutely necessary. After 42 days without a single active case in the country, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria to be Ebola-free on 20 October. However, the Nigerian authorities are maintaining the same level of alert given the high risk of more cases appearing in the future: See the full report

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not travelling to this country unless necessary: See the full report

On 10 October, the Government of Spain set up a committee chaired by the Vice-President of the Government to oversee, coordinate and manage all State action and resources necessary for managing the disease.

The objectives of the Special Committee are:

  1. To coordinate available resources
  2. To foster inter-institutional and international cooperation
  3. To establish informative policy protocols to ensure maximum transparency for Spanish society and information professionals
  4. To analyse both current planning and all European and international actions related to controlling the Ebola virus disease
  5. Together with the Special Committee, the Government of Spain has set up a Scientific Committee of experts whose mission is to help the government take decisions.