Luanshya intensifies Ebola preparedness

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The ministry of health in Luanshya will soon embark on community awareness campaigns aimed at educating members of the public on preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus.

District Medical officer Peter Mulenga said the sensitisation will be tailored to suit different target groups including churches, schools, workplaces and markets among other public places to ensure success and reduced chances of contracting the virus.

ZANIS in Luanshya reports that Dr. Mulenga said the operation will also be extended to public service transporters who travel to Dar- salaam and South Africa as they are at high risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.

He noted that Luanshya was not spared from the danger of contracting the virus due to people travelling to and from Nakonde and Tanzania through the Nakonde border post.

He observed that though the district had some level of preparedness to contain the virus, the measures in place were not enough therefore the need to equip people with information on how to prevent the infection.

Dr. Mulenga further  disclosed that Thomson hospital  has been identified as a treatment centre in the event that Ebola is recorded in the area .

Ebola has broken out in West Africa recording over 2000 cases and more than 1000 deaths.

Zambia has also put in place measures to prevent an outbreak of Ebola including banning  people from affected countries in West Africa.



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