Government primed to fight Ebola

Government says it has intensified efforts to fight against any possible outbreak of Ebola in the country.

Delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament titled “Update on the Ebola Outbreak,” the Minister responsible for Health and Population Jappie Mhango said government has trained health personnel who are capable of tackling the deadly disease.

Mhango said government is doing extensive screening as a prevention approach to all people entering the country’s borders.

“With the assistance of the World Health Organisation, we have health personnel that are properly trained in Kalonga, Lilongwe, Chitipa, Blantyre, Mzuzu, all this is intended to make sure that we should manage any case that may be reported at any of these entry points,” said Mhango.

He said government is also carrying out comprehensive screening at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District.

“In regards to Dzaleka, we are doing very rigorous screening to all those migrants coming to Malawi make sure that none of such case is reported in this country,” Mhango said.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ebola has become the deadliest disease in the history of West African from 2014 to 2016 that killed more than 11, 300 people.

Though the disease has not yet being declared a global emergency, WHO reports that there are 1, 206 confirmed and probable cases, including 764 deaths.

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