The Kazungula District Community Development Medical Office, in partnership with other stakeholders, yesterday spent their day in sensitising Kazungula residents and cross border traders on the deadly Ebola virus.
The messages given to the audience, that also included marketeers and workers operating at Kazungula border, were aimed at creating awareness and preparedness so that members of the community can take precautionary measures to avoid contracting the virus should there be an outbreak.
Speaking in an interview, Senior Environmental Health Technologist, Angelina Mungole, said it was important that stakeholders met at the border post to do the sensitisation because of the reported cases of Ebola virus in other neighbouring countries.
Mrs Mungole charged that her office started the sensitisation in March, adding that it will be an ongoing exercise not only to the people at the border area but also to other areas nearing the border such as Mambova, Sikaunzwe, Katombola, Mandia, Katapazi and Mukunu.
She explained that it is important that the entire district should be aware of the reported Ebola virus because people move and as a result, the district health office has engaged all the health centres in the district to spread the messages on Ebola to the rest of the community members through possible means such as fliers.
“As a district we have put all the necessary equipment at the border and our health workers stationed here are geared to do their work,” Mrs Mungole said.
Mrs Mungole said one nurse and an Environmental Health Technologist (EHT) are stationed at the border post to ensure that people on transit in and out are screened for the Ebola virus.
She disclosed that no case has so far been detected from the time the exercise commenced three weeks ago, adding that an isolation place has since been identified in the area should there be an outbreak.
Mrs Mungole assured the Kazungula residents of government’s full support at national level over the matter, adding that she was impressed with the cross border traders’ maximum cooperation with health officers stationed at the border.