Eastern province gets Ebola detection gadgets
Chipata, September 15, 2014, ZANIS……Government has procured two
infrared thermometers aimed at intensifying the surveillance of the
possible Ebola threats in the Eastern province.
Provincial Medical Officer Kennedy Malama said the thermometers have
been distributed to Mwami border and Mfuwe international airport which
are the two major points of entry.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Chipata today, Dr. Malama said
government has also bought protective clothing for the medical
personnel in all health centers.
He said all health personnel have been put on high alert to combat any
possible detection of the Ebola virus.
He explained that his office has directed all health posts to hold
clinical meetings to come up with effect preventive measures.
Dr. Malama further thanked medical officers at Nyanje Hospital in
Sinda district for being on high alert when they were presented with
a patient who had signs of having contracted the Ebola virus.
He however, stated that the man was later discharged after thorough
investigations and it was discovered that he did not have the Ebola
And Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu has called on people in
the district to be careful of the virus.
Mr. Zulu noted that there was need for people in the district to desist
from any unnecessary movements that could put them at high risk of
contracting the Ebola virus.
He added that there is also need for security personnel at entry points
to work closely with health personal in helping mitigating the possible
He further appealed to people engaged in cross border trading to go
through legal points of entry so that they are properly screened.