Monday, August 11, 2014

Zambian health minister outlines plans for Ebola

By Meluse Kapatamoyo
Zambia’s government has heightened it’s alert on Ebola which is spreading fast in West Africa’s, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra-Leone and Nigeria. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Ebola, a virus transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, a "Public Health Emergency of International Proportions".

According to a Health Advisory issued by  Minister of Health, Dr Joseph Kasonde, until further notice, the country is to ensure the following measures;

1. All Zambians travelling from the Ebola affected areas will be thoroughly screened and quarantined if the risk is eminent upon return until further notice.

2. All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola Virus disease are restricted from entering Zambia until further notice.

3. All International events that may involve delegates from the affected countries are postponed, cancelled or such delegates excluded. The Ministry is advising against holding of all international events that lead to mass gatherings until

further notice. This is because these mass gatherings escalates the spread of the

disease and makes control difficult.

4. Zambians and residents intending to travel to the Ebola affected countries on duty or business are restricted to undertake such travels.

For further information or report any suspected cases, contact any of the following numbers:
+26096684062, +26097742161, +26096277859, +260955411988 or email : info@moh .gov. zm  PYM

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