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‘Nakonde facilities can handle Ebola cases’

By CHISHALA MUSONDA
HEALTH facilities in Nakonde have the capacity to treat 100 cases of Ebola in an event the viral disease breaks out in the border town, district medical officer Chola Mwamba has said.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus.
Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.
Dr Mwamba said the Government is on high alert and has put up strict screening measures of people entering the country at Nakonde border to prevent the spread of Ebola following a suspected case of the disease in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tanzanian health authorities have contacted their Zambian counterparts about a quarantined traveller showing Ebola symptoms in that country, who flew into Dar es Salaam from Benin.
Dr Mwamba said Government has put in place measures to screen and monitor all people entering the country at the border to ensure the safety of citizens.
He said this during a media tour of Nakonde border yesterday in commemoration of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Day.
“We have put in measures and all people are subject to surveillance. We have a special screening for people from areas affected with Ebola.
“Otherwise, we are ready for the first 100 cases of Ebola if it broke out but we have stepped up check-ups to monitor people who may have not used the rightful regulation to get into the country,” he said.
Dr Mwamba also said health personnel at the border are screening people entering the country for yellow fever, which is prevalent in Tanzania.
“People going to countries and coming into Zambia from countries where yellow fever in prevalent have to show us certification of a yellow fever card,” he said.

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