Malawi govt denies reports of suspected Ebola case

Malawi government has denied that there is a suspected case of the Ebola virus at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).

Chimbali:  We will not hide if we will have an Ebola case
Chimbali: We will not hide if we will have an Ebola case

Some media outlets reported that Malawi registered its first Ebola case after a woman with symptoms similar to the disease was referred to QECH on Saturday.

But the Ministry of Health  has said there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Malawi/

The Ministry of Health spokesperson Henry Chimbali said the woman, who is eight months pregnant, was referred to QECH from Mwanza District Hospital  because she had symptoms such as fever and skin rash, which are similar to Ebola’s typical signs.

“The patient was attended to by one of our doctors at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and because the signs she was showing are similar to Ebola, a Rapid Response Team, which was trained on the infection, was called right away and it established that she does not have Ebola, but rather it is chicken pox.

“The woman is currently being treated as an in-patient at the hospital where she is receiving medical assistance. And because chicken pox is infectious, she has been isolated so that she will not infect others,” said Chimbali.

Chimbali said there is no need to panic and live in unnecessary fear because “when the country registers an Ebola case, we will not hide, we will tell them because it is an issue of national interest.”

There is no licensed treatment for Ebola, a virus transmitted by contact with bodily fluids, so doctors have turned to the limited supply of untested drugs to treat some cases.

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7 years ago

Let us share the good news of how to combat Ebola (see the Yahoo! Article) even before, God Forbid, the deadly epidemic hits our soil

7 years ago

Fellow Malawians, as one way of preparing to combat Ebola, let us read the article ‘Beating Ebola Hinged on sipping a Gallon of Liquid a Day’ on Yahoo! website. A gallon is equivalent to four litres. It shows the key to surviving Ebola is to drink water/fluids even before you become very sick. Evidence showed that those who started taking fluids early did not become very sick and survived. On the contrary, the report says people who do not take fluids 5 days after becoming ill would need to take 40 litres within a day, an impossible task.

Wanex banda
Wanex banda
7 years ago

Just declare tiyambe kulandira makobidi mwina nkukhala ndi foreigh currency

Songelwayo mhango
7 years ago

We nid t dipat frm dis country before its 2 let.Why are u pple hidin to tell de nation de truth?

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