Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo has observed that the porous borders and inadequate screening in the province have compounded the threat of the Ebola virus in the area.
Mr. Kasolo says there is need for Provincial Heads of Government Departments and members of the Civil Society to regularly meet and work together to prevent the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in the province.
Luapula province shares a long porous border with the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC which recently reported a case of Ebola.
ZANIS reports that the he Permanent Secretary said this in a speech read for him by Assistant Secretary Joshua Kamanya during an Inter-sectoral epidemic preparedness, prevention, Management and Control committee held at Mansa Lodge.
The Permanent said with over 2000 cases which have been reported and over 1000 deaths from Ebola of which 80 deaths were health workers, the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global crisis meaning that Zambia is also at risk.
And Luapula Provincial Medical Officer Mathews Ngambi said the health sector is overwhelmed with the epidemic threat hence the need to engage partners in ensuring that that the province prevents the outbreak of the virus.
Dr Ngambi said there is need to mobilize resources towards the epidemic in case of an outbreak in Luapula province.
Dr Ngambi emphasized the need to share the message of the Ebola Virus with the general public in all the districts of the province so as to enlighten people on how to prevent the spread of the virus.