Malawi develops Ebola action plan, says Minister of Health

Minister of Health  Jappie Mhango has said  Malawi has put in place strategies to prevent the potential spread of Ebola in the country and his ministry  is on high alert and is closely monitoring the situation from African countries hit by the viral disease.

Jappie Mhango: Ministry of Health is on Ebola alert

Mhango said this in Parliament on Wednesday when legislators  expressed concerm that Malawi has 32 000 refugees with some rom Ebola-hit countries and that the virus could spread through the country.

Two fatal cases were reported in Uganda last month, marking the first confirmed cross-border cases of the virus in the current epidemic and prompting major fears the outbreak could be about to enter a new phase of wider regional transmission.

Mhango said: “The ministry [of health] is implementing a number of activities to prevent the disease from spreading into the country.

“We are currently conducting health cluster meetings and we have also developed the Ebola action Plan.”

Mhango said information communication materials have been developed at airports and health facilities.

“We are renovating and constructing  isolation rooms and refugees entering the country are being screened in Chitipa and Karonga,” he told the House.

Malawi was successful in the fight against Ebola in 2016 when the disease did not spread into the country from those nations which were affected.

But some sources who recently travelled abroad observed that Malawi stopped screening immigrants at airports and road border posts after WHO pronounced African nations free from Ebola in 2016.

The world’s worst epidemic of Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, and they infect other animals with which they share trees, such as monkeys.

The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in DRC.

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Njolo mpilu
2 years ago

Not only DRC bcoz people make enroute transfers on flights. Zinthu zikanakhala kale in place knowing the virus is still or will still be lingering.
Citselekwetae bastard muluzi, so called lazy idiot Atupele.
Mwati ali ndi cipatala cake kodi ndi ku salima komwe anakabisa ndalama ,mankhwala a mu zipatalamu ?
A mw timangodzuka nkupanga lamulo za zii.
No protocols in mw .SHAME

2 years ago

Mr. Mhango lets not cheat one another about Ebola. Those of us who have traveled have understood that Malawi has no capacity to contain it and that the only and only way is to prevent any people coming from DRC visiting Malawi. You need to be vigilant enough even to talk to Ethiopian Airways who go through DRC on their way to Malawi and you will have too many of Congolese travelling to Lilongwe. This is a good recipe to burn our self impoverised Malawi I doubt if the screening referred to here has the state of the art technology… Read more »

2 years ago

We already have Ebola in Malawi in the name of A P M

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