Malawi govt dismisses Ebola scare claims

Malawi government officials have dismissed as untrue rumours that  Nkhatabay Hospital was  treating a man  who had contracted the Ebola virus.

A doctor displays collected samples of the Ebola virus

A doctor displays collected samples of the Ebola virus

Reports indicated Nkhatabay district hospital were treating Ebola patient who had boarded MV Ilala motor ship at Cobue port in Mozambique. He reportedly started showing signs and symptoms of the disease as the ship already sailing.

But Nkhatabay Health District Officer, Albert Mkandawire said there is no need for Malawians to panic as they were just conducting “screening exercises”  in the district to prevent any possible entry of the virus into Malawi.

“The two people who were coming from Mozambique who many claimed were infected are all fine as am speaking now, we did not find them with the pandemic,” Mkandawire said.

Mkandawire added that the development forced health personnel in the district to conduct further screaming to people who were travelling on a ship through Lake Malawi to the district.

“It took us almost four hours to finish the exercises and nobody has been found with the virus, Malawians must not live in panic, there is no Ebola case in the country,” he insisted.

The Ministry of Health also weighed in, with Charles Mwansambo, director of health services  saying: “Be assured that the hospital did not at any time detect any Ebola cases.”

Malawi, like most other countries of the world, has been on high alert since the outbreak of the killer disease with screening introduced at the main ports of entry to screen international passengers.

Ministry of Health officials said the airport screenings are currently done to those passengers from West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola virus – Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The government also has set up quarantine centers at the country’s two airports – Kamuzu International Airport in the capital, Lilongwe, and Chileka Airport in the commercial capital, Blantyre – for those who may have contracted the virus.

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19 thoughts on “Malawi govt dismisses Ebola scare claims”

  1. ruth botha says:

    Tiuzeni zoona zoti timve anthufe ngati ebola yapezeka kapena ayi

  2. aurora says:

    olo itapezeka ku malawi kuno can you tell anthu,you will keep denying…..

  3. Jakala says:

    I have been District Commissiiner for likoma. I was very surprised that likoma people can manufacture a story and it will spread like bush fire ad if it’s true. Ndi anthu onama mopanda manyazi. Iam not surprised with this false story

  4. Grycious k says:

    Be serious plz dis z nt malaria.

  5. A malawi asatipindire ndevu nkamwa, utsi sungayake popanda moto.. EBOLA YAFIKADI.

  6. Edwin Bright says:

    Kachirombo akatangobwera maiko ambiri ku Africa adatsutsa amvekere, “Mphekeserayo si yoona.” cholinga, to maintain tourist friendliness of their countries at the expense their citizen’s lives. Madzi atafika mkhosi amvekere, “Tikutha kuno ehh!” Maiko ndi mabungwe othandiza ali busy kuthandiza Uganda amene sanachite nawo chibwana cha mchombo lende ngati cha madotolo a ku Nkhatabay.

  7. chitaponi kanthu zapa nkhotakota chifukwa a mozambique ambili amatsikila pamenepo

  8. Ishmael machonjo says:

    Ebola ndikanyama kanji?kumafufuza kaye bwino pamapeto ake kumalengeza A ZBS timakudalirani mwatani kodi awulusi enawa ayenera kuwachotsa masengo(MALUNDANI BOY SANTU)

  9. ILALA SHIP DOES NOT CALL AT COBUE IN MOZAMBIQUE AND M.V. CHAMBO OF MOZAMBIQUE OPERATED BY MALAWI SHIPPING COMPANY IS NOT SAILING SHE IS AT MONKEY-BAY GOING UNDER REPAIRS. THE VESSEL WHICH IS OPERATING ON THE LAKE IS THE NEW SHIP M.V. CHILEMBWE OF MALAWI SHIPPING COMPANY[MOTA ENGIL].
    PLEASE NYASA TIMES AND ZODIAK FIND OUT WHAT MODE OF TRANSPORT THEY USED ,IS IT BOAT OR SHIP, ALSO NAME OF THE SHIP, AND HOW THEY MOVED FROM COBUE TO MALAWI. [?????????????????]

  10. Karo gaii says:

    kdi anadwala chiyani?

  11. Emmatuwa says:

    Amalawi timabvomera zinthu zitafika poyipa ngati madokotala akudziwapo kanthu kulibwino kudziwitsa dziko kuti anthuwo adzidziwa momwe zinthu ziri m’dziko. Ambuye dalitsani dziko lathu la mtendereli.

  12. Ananthewa says:

    Amalawi tisaiwale kuti kumalawi kuno kuli mavuto ambiri. Nthawi zambiri boma lathu limayamba labisa kaye zinthu zoopsa zikamachitika. Ndizoona zikunenedwazo, ine patient’yo ndamuona ndipo amene mumaonerera ma channel akunjawa, mmene amaonekera anthu odwala ebora ndi mmenenso akuonekera munthuyo. Dziko lathu, tidzafa koma aboma chilungamo akuchidziwa, chovuta ndi ciani kuwauza anthu zoona? Tiuzeni zoona zamunthu amene uja, ine ndikutsutsana nazo kuti munthuyo aibe ebora chifukwa ndamuona, ndinali nao mu ship

  13. Nde anthu anachezela kuliratu ena kupemphela kamba ka mphekeselayi,eeish tingoyamika mulungu muzonse.

  14. za nosense ayi says:

    Koma nanga awa amabwera pa Boart ku Nkhotakota kuchoka mosambique muchita nawo bwanji,popeza amabwera mobisala pozemba MRA,ndi Immigration amenewa satipwetekera abale athu kumudzi kwathu ku kakaland?Chifukwa paja akale anati pafuka utsi payenera kukhala moto,ku mosambique ko kalipokalipo.A boma tithandizeni,ife mtundu wathu wose uli ku Nkhotakota

  15. Azodiak ndi opupuluma, makamaka masozi kasambala. Usanafufuze basi walengeza, kut a kazako akupase bonus.? Wagwa nayo, kulibe ebola kuno.

  16. Limbani hammy mtanga says:

    Idze Ebola,

  17. north says:

    AKUDZIWA CHOONADI NDIMADOTOLO

  18. Inu mukubweretsa mphekesera za ebola tikakugwirani, tichita nanu.Kodi mudakhala bwanji? Mukuona ngati ebola ndi masanje? Mulekere2. Mulungu tetezani malawi ku ebola.

  19. harris pondanie says:

    Continue being awere over this Ebola. Case

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