THE Kasumbalesa border post surveillance health desk that has been set up to screen travellers of any symptoms of Ebola will soon receive medical equipment, Copperbelt provincial medical officer Consity Mwale has said.
Dr Mwale said medical equipment for Kasumbalesa border post is expected soon and that more equipment is still under the procurement process.
“We are expecting the medical kit to be in any time soon while other equipment is on acquisition lists and still under the procurement process,” he said.
Dr Mwale said in an interview yesterday that two environmentalists and a clinician have been stationed at Kasumbalesa on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A check at the border on Monday found a health official screening travellers at the one-stop border post before they could be cleared by Immigration Department officers.
Chililabombwe District Commissioner (DC) Stuart Chitumbo is happy with the screening process to check for the deadly Ebola disease that has affected several West African countries.
“We don’t want Zambians to suffer from Ebola hence the screening method we have put in place,” he said.
The Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) has commended Government for the efforts it is making to detect Ebola and prevent its spread into Zambia.
CBTA secretary general Mr Kakoma said Government has taken the right decision in ensuring that everyone entering Zambia is screened in the fight against Ebola.
Meanwhile, Mr Chitumbo said police have continued to guard against smuggling of goods into the DRC.
And Mr Kakoma has called on immigration officers to monitor illegal entry points to help curb smuggling.
Both Mr Chitumbo and Mr Kakoma said despite the border being porous, smuggling has reduced as a result of concerted efforts by police and other agencies.
Zambia Daily Mail