Zambia embarks on national wide Ebola Preparedness


Government has directed all hospitals in the country to hold regular clinical meetings on the deadly Ebola virus in an effort raise more awareness among healthcare providers.

And Government has implored the media to be sensitive in the dissemination of information on Ebola so as not to cause panic among the people, as well as report in a manner that will not underplay the seriousness of the virus.

Addressing journalists during a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Chief Government Spokesperson, Dr. Joseph Katema, says the Ministry of Health has since assigned ambulances to be stationed at all major points of entry namely Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Kasumbalesa, Nakonde and Mpulungu border posts among others.

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Dr. Katema says government has also embarked on a national wide Ebola Preparedness and Awareness campaign to be spearheaded by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).

He says the Ministries of Health and Community Development, Mother and Child Health will ensure 24 hours surveillance at all busy entry points in the country with specific and dedicated health care providers assigned to man them.

Dr Katema says the onus is on the health personnel to ensure that the general public understands the nature of the virus, how it can be transmitted and how best it can be prevented.

And Dr. Katema, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, says government believes journalists will play a leading role in raising awareness and disseminating factual information on Ebola.

He says when reporting on Ebola, the media whether private or public should exercise care and responsibility, motivated by nothing else but the duty to prevent an outbreak of Ebola.
( Thursday 14th August 2014 )