HEALTH authorities at Kasumbalesa Border Post in Chililabombwe have urged Government to increase the number of scanners for efficient screening of Ebola at Zambia’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The authorities said Kasumbalesa was one of the busiest border posts in the country and required three more scanners for efficient screening.
Copperbelt provincial medical officer Consity Mwale said modern CT scans in border areas where
installed at Kasumbalesa to screen people.
A check at the border on Monday found that an average of 404 immigrants were being screened on a daily basis from August when Ebola cases were confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The screening process required travellers to fill in a document known as Ebola viral- hemorrhage fever
screening slip with personal details.
Travellers were also asked how long they had been in the DRC, where the first sub-Saharan Africa Ebola cases were recorded.
Some cross border traders spoken to at the border complained that the three scanners at Kasumbalesa were slowing down the process of clearing formalities.
The health authorities have said the Ebola symptoms were synonymous with Malaria and therefore it was inevitable that Ebola was ruled out in ones high temperature.
Over 2,400 people have died from Ebola in West Africa.
Times of Zambia