Zambia scans for viruses

FILE: MINISTER of Health Chitalu Chilufya commissions a thermographic scanner for detecting people with Ebola at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

GOVERNMENT has installed 14 thermography scanners at international airports and various border posts to scan and detect infectious diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Zika and Ebola.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya also said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr Chilufya, who was speaking during the commissioning of the scanners at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday, said Government will continue investing significantly in public health.
“We wish to commend the Japanese government for donating the 14 thermography scanners to the Ministry of Health. The scanners will help Government detect infectious diseases like Zika, Ebola and SARS from travellers entering the country,” he said.


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