Portugal's centre-right government has approved the creation of the Inter-Ministerial Ebola Response Committee, which will be coordinated by the country's health minister, according to a statement issued following a cabinet meeting on Thursday.
The committee will be "coordinated by the Health Minister and made up of the members of the Government responsible for Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Internal Administration, and Infrastructure and Transport, and by representatives of the Regional Governments of the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and the Azores," the Council of Ministers statements said.
On Oct. 15 the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health announced it had set up a platform to combat Ebola as fears of the virus spreading to the country increased. The platform includes a crisis management office.
The new committee was intended to "boost coordination on a political level of the work already carried out by the Response Platform to the Ebola Virus," the statement said.
Portugal has had no confirmed cases of Ebola despite several false alarms.