Ebola scare: Malawi army quarantines soldiers over ‘strange’ infections 

The Malawi Defense Force (MDF) has quarantined some soldiers who were on a peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo over suspected Ebola virus.

MDF treating some of its soldiers for 'strange' desease

MDF treating some of its soldiers for ‘strange’ desease

The social media is awash with reports that some soldiers have been quarantined at the Kamuzu Barracks after being infected with the Ebola Virus in the DRC.

But the MDF Spokesperson, Francis Kakhuta Banda, has dismissed the reports, saying soldiers were screened before entering the country from DRC.

He told a local radio Capital FM that “the soldiers are being treated for another infection” which he could not disclose.

The recent SADC summit recommended that people entering any SADC country from an affected country would be subjected to screening and would not leave a country for the next 21 days while under monitoring.

Meanwhile, the United States has restricted airport arrivals from West Africa.

Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea will now arrive at specific airports in Chicago, Washington’s and Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening.

They will also have their temperatures checked as part of screening programmes, despite experts warning such moves are unlikely to have an impact.

Latest figures from the World Health organization (WHO) indicate that Ebola has so far claimed 4,500 lives mostly in West Africa.

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35 thoughts on “Ebola scare: Malawi army quarantines soldiers over ‘strange’ infections ”

  1. chifundo chinema says:

    very bad tingodikila basi

  2. Yusuf says:

    Ebola never remain silence for more than five days, let us wait and see but this must be liar coz I never seen a white man chatting with an Ebola infected person. Malawi is no Ebola country right now. Who wants Ebola just go to west Africa>>>> you are going to enjoy it!

  3. BalakaGuy says:

    I dont understand you journalists,sometimes you expose your full ignorance.Do you know how Ebola is all about?Ebola is a viral infection,and it is highly infectious.Now do you know that these soldiers board a commercial flight,meaning there were some cilvilians in the plane,so tell me where on earth can people allow Ebola patients to take a flight together with non infected people knowing pretty well that Ebola patients are treated in strict isolation.Go to COm or MCHS and learn VIROLOGY.In a nut shell,the study of viruses.Shupiti.

  4. mmalawi says:

    mzungu angalore kusiya phuno pamtunda,bwezi atavala mapepala thupi lose.amalawi atola nkhani athu amatinamiza kwambili.umbuli unatipha zowonekelatu kuti ndi military training,inuso asilikali atolankhani musamawalore kuza maphuziro anu,azingolemba zampila basi.sadziwa kuti mdf ndiyomwe kuli chtetezo chose.l hop 1 day mmalawi ndi atolankhani aboza ikazayambika ngati atazapezeke.akusowa chochita atolakhaniwa.muwawuze azitifufuzira komwe kunalowera ndalama zamisokho.osadzatinamizaso anyasatimes.

  5. Victor Chidyaonga says:

    If what I have just read is true, the Malawi government must do something very quickly.God bless Malawi.

  6. MODWELL says:

    NO 2 EBOLA N MDF/MALAWI

  7. kasokeza says:

    Komatu ebolayi osamangoikamba abale, awatu ndi masasu. simatenda,matenda anzimva mankhwala.

  8. Frank Palirani says:

    nyasatimes if u hv nothing 2 say just say nothing rather than bringng confusn among pple with ur false news. no any persn hs bn found ebola postive in malawi, and de picture shown above ws capture in early may, 2014 @ chikala in zomba during excercise in preperation 4 diployment in drc. malawans plz dont b cheated.

  9. Vyapasi says:

    Apa palibe zamatenda. Msilikali ali ndi njala basi. Taonani kumimba

  10. gama says:

    zomvetsa chisoni amalawi tipemphele kwambiri.

  11. othandiza patient wa ebola savala choncho, chithunzicho ndichakalekale, nyasatimes crew imatitenga ngati tonse ndife mbuli

  12. Sidney Hills says:

    Just a caution to all my dear Malawians about Ebola. The Ebola virus can be destroyed naturally – despite what you have been told. To date not a single not a single virus has been tested that is inactivated (killed) by a large enough dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Many other other antioxidants have similar virucidal effects, but vit C appears uniquely to of greatest potency and clinical efficacy, as it’s simple chemical structure allows for for it to be disseminated throughout the body with little restriction. For this reason, it is able to effectively address viral populations present both in intercellular spaces. Other antioxidants have been found to have higher oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values – measurements which are used to quantify the antioxidant capacity of supplements or foods. Nevertheless, a virus can never be incapacitated by a potent antioxidant if the chemical structure of that antioxidant does not permit direct contact between the virus and the antioxidant. Vit C is both very potent and optimally bioavailable in accessing any viral infection.

    Please note that where there’s no knowledge people perish as Hosea 4:6 warns. The problem for our grassroots is accessibility, availability, affordability and usability of information shared above. The West will use all means to restrict flow of this type of information to make sure the African continent remains under its rule. Note that epidemics are being used to recolonise Africa and even depopulate its inhabitants. What can be said about HIV/AIDS? Malawi and the rest of Africa be wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove. The answer to these epidemics is simple – abundant clean water. Water is the drive behind energy, agriculture, manufacturing industries including health infrastructure among other issues. Malawi has all the resources to deal with epidermis. Please let’s join hands to help our country – God save Malawi

  13. steve chisoni says:

    tell us the truth please…osamangotinamiza ayi mwamva inu asilikali

  14. MALAWIANMOM says:

    IF WHAT AM READING HERE IS TRUE, PLEASE E-BOLA IS NOT A JOKE. IT CAN WIPE OUR WHOLE MDF,AND OUR NATION. THE WAY WE LIVE ,THE WAY OUR HEALTH CARE IS. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO HIDE.

  15. WAMISALA says:

    KUMALAWI KUMENEKU TIYENI TONSE TIZUKE AWA NDIMALOTO CHABE TIMANGOLOTA BASI, NANGA ANTHU AWAPEZA NAYO AKUTI AYI NDIZABOZA

  16. kumbweza says:

    ndi Ebola yomweyo asakane apa I have all the evidence from a senior medical official at Kamuzu Barracks who confirmed that only two guys have tested positive while the other 5 have tested negative . this is a first hand info. akungotiphimba mmaso

  17. Please treat those patients carefully to ovoid malawi from infections.

  18. KUCHITEKETE says:

    KUBISA SIKUTITHANDIZA….MUKUFUNA MUDZANENE ITAFALA KUTI MAMAN ANALI KU DRC AJA ATIBWELETSELAKO EBOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS THE SAME DURING KAMUZU RULE ON HIV/AIDS NO ONE COULD TELL US THE TRUETH UNTIL WE MET IT PERSONALLY AT CHIGWILIZANO AND LUNZU IN BT!!!!!!!!!!…WE NEVER LEARN.

  19. Ezinas Mwenilondo says:

    Lord save Malawi. Komano no wonder ife timatha nsanga. look at the picture the MZungu has gloves on while the malawians are working with bare hands!!!!!!!!!

  20. AEDO says:

    mukusewera ndimoyo.chisisi chopanda nacho phindu.instead mukadangovomera kti mankhwala oyeserela aja abwere

  21. Wanex banda says:

    Just declare that the disease has finally arrived so that pple shud be careful

  22. Fisher says:

    Bear hands. What message are we communicating!!! Please, please ahh.

  23. Amuna ngunda ngunda- aku malowa . says:

    Sheeee koma, sopano uyo ndiye baunsa , samaiwopa EBOLA angomugwira nzakeyo opanda ma groves mmanja , ameneyotu ndi bige bige achachanda .

  24. Chemwali says:

    Is this a drill or something real? How come the others are not wearing any protective wear?

  25. godobaman says:

    MALAWI WATHU UKUJA AKUPITA KUTI?

  26. Woitsata Nyasa says:

    wina ali mu ma groves kumulozera mzake wa bare hands pogwira aaaah! mavalidwe okha akunena kochokera.

  27. eye eye says:

    And just look at the picture..the white guy is wearing gloves (preventive measure) yet the blacks are bare handed!!!!! isn’t prevention better than cure….every picture tells a story!

  28. Easy Banda says:

    Mzungu wavala ma glove but mikada ayi. Our culture and umbuli will kill us.

  29. Ebola is Real! Don’t just publish such stories without strong evidence or proof. With the current scenerio in our hospitals, the disease will wipe us all within time. The Gvt should be arlet and warn the people on signs and simptoms of Ebola, don’t just talk about it.

  30. thako says:

    vomeran, ebola imeneo, mubisa mpaka liti?

  31. Che Mulupha says:

    So you wanted the MDF Spokesperson to tell you what they are suffering from? Is it ethical? Do you really know Ebola inu a Nyasatimes? And you start getting rumours from social media ndikumalemba here? Muwapemphe a MDF mukawaone those you are claiming to have been quarantined for Ebola ndiye mutiuze zomwe mwaona!

  32. Kalulu says:

    I suspect the photo is from another scene. I can sense blood on the mattress on the right hand side. If it were a correct photo then the American is doing a right by wearing gloves to help the other soldier though the gear is far lacking.

  33. Yobe boo says:

    Abale mutipha tonse mu Malawi muno. Ndikukayika kwambiri ngati ndizoona kuti asilikali atha kuyesedwa polowa. Koma ndili ndichikhulupiriro chonse kuti Ebola yafika ku Malawi ndi a tsirikali basi. Savage soldiers, how could they come back home knowing all that they are inffected?

    Kunzunza mutundu kumeneku

  34. Upset health center nurse says:

    Stupidity and foolishness of Malawians, with our weak health care system that can not cope with even treating simple malaria cases, why would any sensible person send solders to an Ebola risk country? Why the minister of health, for the sake of protecting public health, did not override the ministry of defense decisions to brink these idiots home? All these fools wanted was US$ allowances after their mission and because of their short sightedness and greed, we are going to pay with dear lives of innocent Malawians. Keep them in the barracks and let these good for nothing fools die their first. They are useless anyways they could not protect our lake.

    1. Wanyanya says:

      Look at yourself!! You are saying all these things as if you have evidence these people are suffering from Ebola!! Why can’t Nysatimes make an effort through their investigative journalists to establish the truth!! And where is the issue of the lake coming from? You wanted the soldiers to protect the lake from what? Has the lake been taken over? By who?Make no comments devoid of knowledge. Kumangoyankhulapo basi!! Its clear you don’t understand what it means by taking part in peacekeeping operations!! All you think is allowances!! Shupiti

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