Malawi govt yet to provide K280m on Ebola preparedness

Ministry of Health (MoH) is yet to get K280 million needed to fully prepare for any Ebola outbreak in the country.

This was disclosed by Minister of Health Dr Jean Kalilani Wednesday in Lilongwe during a news briefing aimed at updating the nation on the deadly disease that has attacked people mainly in the western region of Africa.

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

Kalilani:Money yet to be allocated
Kalilani:Money yet to be allocated

Despite this development, Kalirani said over the past four weeks, government have taken early supportive treatment as paramount with efforts on preventing its occurance in the country.

Although government has disclosed that there is an intention to build structures at local levels especially for traditional leaders to be agents of information and strengthen area surveillance to monitor the borders, these dreams will not be realized soon if government will not honour the K280m.

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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