Ministry of Health has denied rumours of a suspected Ebola case in the administrative capital Lilongwe, which went viral on social media Wednesday.
Refuting a report that spread on the social networking site Facebook about the allegation, Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Mwansambo, told a news conference that there is no reported case of Ebola in the country.
“Following the rumour on the social media that Malawi may have the Ebola case, we sent a team of our Ebola National Response Strategy that went to ABC Clinic which is the source of this information.
“Our team had discussed with the people they found on the ground to confirm if indeed what was circulating within the general public was true,” said Mwansambo, adding: “We found out that it is true that ABC Clinic saw a 24 year old Malawian woman who apparently seeing the posters describing the signs and symptoms of Ebola, she felt the urge to consult the hospital after her recent trip to West Africa.”
Mwansambo called on Malawians to desist from creating false stories through social media that may raise alarm.
“We strongly condemn this practice as it has created fear and apprehension from the general population,” he said.
Mwansambo said Malawi’s health ministry is taking preventive measures against the spread of Ebola in the wake of discovery of such disease in four western African countries
He said adequate measures have been put in place to protect the borders.