Ebola: Bisnowaty donates testing kit at Malawi airport

Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre, David Bisnowaty has donated sets of screening devices (Digital Laser beam Thermometer) to Kamuzu International Airport (Kia) to strengthen the level of preparedness for any suspected Ebola case in the country.

Bisnowaty described Ebola as a very difficult virus to contain, noting that due to its complicated nature, many health workers have lost their lives. This, he said, is what has prompted him to think of preventive measures by providing testing kits.

He urged government to be vigilant and take strict measures than lip service on the disease.

Bisnowaty presents the testing kits.-Photo by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa Times
Bisnowaty presents the testing kits.-Photo by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa Times

“I urge  government and the relevant authorities  to take action on preventing the Ebola virus from entering Malawi,” said Bisnowaty.

The Parliamentarian pledged to donate other medical kits on Friday so that the KIA which is the major airport in the country should be well equipped with testing machines.

Bisnowaty told Nyasa Times that he was “greatly concerned” that Malawi is so relaxed on the Ebola disease.

“I am very concerned that everyone in Malawi is so relaxed about the Ebola pandemic.  What are we waiting for?  If we get one sick person, thousands of Malawians will die and Malawi will even be more isolated and no one will want to visit Malawi, hence the economy will become even worse,

“It shows how we don’t have our priorities in place.  A simple screening at the airport and at entry points into Malawi would prevent the Ebola virus from infecting Malawians,” said Bisnowaty.

Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Mwansambo dispelled rumors of a suspected Ebola case in the administrative capital Lilongwe, which went viral on social media Wednesday.

More than 930 people in West Africa have been killed in the outbreak so far, and health experts have gathered in Switzerland to decide whether to declare a global health emergency.

The US says it will consider making experimental drugs used on two of its citizens who contracted the disease more widely available.

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