More Malawians travelling to Ebola affected countries -KIA statistics

A lot of Malawians are travelling to Ebola affected countries in West Africa, statistics from Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) have indicated.

The statistics indicate that since August 8 – 28 this year, 155 travellers from the affected countries of Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Uganda were screened at KIA.

Kalilani:  Early supportive treatment

Kalilani: Early supportive treatment

“43 percent of them were put on surveillance for a period of 21 days to check if they developed and signs and symptoms of the disease but all of them negative,” reads the statistics.

The  61 percent of those screened were Malawians who went to these countries to attend workshops and conferences.

This means that more Malawians are travelling to Ebola affected countries than people from west Africa coming into the country.

The development comes at a time when the Ministry of Health (MoH) is yet to get K280 million needed to fully prepare for any Ebola outbreak in the country.

Currently, there is need for more Ebola detecting equipment in boarders,  patient supportive care equipment, building of isolation facilities and expanding lab capacity in the country.

Health Minister Dr Jean Kalirani said over the past four weeks, government have taken early supportive treatment as paramount with efforts on preventing its occurance in the country.

Last month, Public Health Institute of Malawi Deputy Director Dr Mathews Kagoli told journalists that so far, they have managed to designate and prepare central hospitals as treatment centers in case there is an outbreak and all district have rapid response teams on the same.

 

 

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30 thoughts on “More Malawians travelling to Ebola affected countries -KIA statistics”

  1. DZ Generation says:

    Zankutu! you as a minister of health you are just mphii. what about president why can’t you ban these travelers? is this a good democracy? our mps do something ife we have no money paja cashgate left us naked.

  2. Calypso says:

    Minister wa health ndi foreign affairs ali phwiiii kudikira kukatsegulira ma meetings basi mbuzi mbuzi mbuzi zokha zokha, muona ngakhale ziwerenge zingoti duuuu popanda chochita agalu

  3. dyera too much amalawi ine zanga phee pa UK kudya money mwaufulu no stress

  4. ganizani says:

    Nanga a malawi ali mp’ogwila molomot muthamangitse ma refugeez ose muno m’malaw ndkutseka maborder ose kumagundana mitu momuno ndiumphawi.

  5. Jameswaachiwanganya says:

    Amalawi dyera litipha chomwecho chofuna ndalama mpaka kumakaziputa dala.Tiyeni tizizilera tokha

  6. Wodzitsata says:

    We are not serious as a country; not at all!

  7. phwado la Bophani says:

    Izi ndiye zoziyamba dala.a Malawi dyera.Uku ndiye timati kuuyamba dala mkango poukoka machende!

  8. POLITICAL THIEVES says:

    Central hospitals to house Ebola patients. Why? These are referral hospitals which means pipo from all over the country attend these. How can this airborne disease be contained if it is housed in central hospitals? Pipo all over Malawi will go to these hospitals and go their way transmitting these. In any case, why am I even bothering, no such plans exist anyway – ndalama zonse zidatha.

    Ban all travels, but I hear Jean kalilani herself sent some Drs to these areas to learn more about the disease. I say WHAT ignorance is this? Or is this another lie? Can Jean pls tell us which Drs are these, when are they coming back, are they Dead yet, have they been scanned? Stupidness

  9. Getu says:

    Zinazi abale dyera ndi ndalama anzanu akutseka ma border inu ndiye matama mufuna tizati umphawi, AIDS, Ebola tokha ndiye tidzapulumuka, We are not serious

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