Israel is intensifying the measures against cholera, which is threatening Middle Eastern countries. The Minister?
Israel is intensifying the measures against cholera, which is threatening Middle Eastern countries. The Minister for Health, Mr. Shem Tov, has personally taken charge of all measures against the disease.
By today (September 1) 33 cases and had been confirmed in Israel and the Israeli-held West Bank of Jordan. But the health authorities insist that there is no danger yet of an epidemic. In any case cholera is no longer the dreaded disease it once was. It can be cured effectively if diagnosed quickly.
As one of the counter-measures, Israel has declared war on dirt. Municipal workers are spraying all refuse bins and dumps twice a day. All the 6,000 wells in Jerusalem, which are used mainly by Arabs, are getting extra measures of chlorine and health inspectors are checking all eating places every second day, instead once a month as in more usual times.
Vegetables and fruit are believed to be the likeliest sources of the disease and samples of them are being checked by staff of the Ministry of Health Central Laboratory.
All incoming and outgoing travellers, and sections of the community which may have been in contact with the disease, are being vaccinated.
SYNOPSIS: Israel is stepping up its war on cholera. Ministry of Health inspectors check a restaurant in West Jerusalem. All eating places are now checked every second day. Normally the health inspectors visit them once a month.
At District Health Offices doctors are busy studying cultures and food samples. The medical staff are working at top speed on this and new samples arrives continually for examination.
The Israeli Minister of Health Mr. Shem Tov, has personally taken charge of measures against the disease. These include inoculations for all travellers.
Another part of the work is checking the wells. There are 6,000 of them in Jerusalem. They are treated with Chlorine tablets.
The war on dirt includes regular checks on all refuse. Vegetables and fruit are thought to be the most likely source of the disease. Refuse bins and dumps are sprinkled with powder or sprayed with disinfectant twice a day. In this way the Israelis hope to contain the disease. In any case, cholera is no longer feared as the killer disease it used to be. It can be cured effectively if diagnosed quickly.