MPs quiz Malawi govt on Ebola: Kalirani says no cause to worry

Malawi’s Health Minister Jean Kalirani on Monday told Parliament that government is doing everything possible to ensure that the country is Ebola free.

Kalirani also informed the House that her ministry has sent three medical doctors to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for Training of Trainers on Ebola.

Kalilani: Everything is under control

Kalilani: Everything is under control

At least 1, 350 people have died of Ebola disease so far in West Africa, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) panicking to find long lasting solution to the outbreak.

As such, some Members of Parliament (MPs), taking of advantage of the budget meeting which commenced Monday, quizzed government’s preparedness on the outbreak.

Kalirani further informed the House government through her ministry has joined forces with other countries to prevent the spread of Ebola.

She also claimed that health ministers from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) countries will soon be meeting to chart the way forward in as far containing the scourge is concerned.

Kalirani further claimed that apart from putting aside funds meant for the fight against the epidemic, government will train more doctors on Ebola.

She also said they have set up  several quarantine centres to deal with Ebola cases, if they will be any.

Kalirani asserted that almost all the clinicians in border districts have been oriented on some basics of identifying or suspecting Ebola.

Last month, the Ministry’s Chief of Health Services, Dr Charles Mwansambo also assured Malawians that they doing all they can to prevent its occurrence in Malawi.

“In an event that we have a confirmed case, the public will be informed and we will also do all the necessary action as per the guidance of the World Health Organization in how we can manage this case,” said Mwansambo..

He also advised all health workers to avoid creating panic and confusion on unconfirmed matters regarding Ebola.

“Our health workers at all entry points remain vigilant to monitor this situation and we are doing everything possible to make our country free of Ebola,” Mwansambo said.

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