Govt launches Ebola preparedness campaign

Government has embarked on a national wide Ebola preparedness and awareness campaign to be spearheaded by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), says Information minister Joseph Katema.

Dr. Katema said a number of ambulances have been assigned to all major points of entry like Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Kasumbalesa, and Nakonde border posts among others.

He said government had directed all hospitals in Zambia to hold regular clinical meetings on the deadly Ebola virus in an effort to raise more awareness among healthcare providers and the general public.

He said Ministries of Health and Community Development, Mother and Child Health will work hand in hand to  ensure 24 hours surveillance at all the  entry points countrywide.

“The obligation is on the health personnel to ensure that the general public understands the nature of the virus, how it can be transmitted and how best it can be prevented,” he said.

Dr Katema called on the media to play an important role of informing the public on the outbreak of Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak has largely hit some West African countries in the past few months with close to 1,000 people dying from the disease.

West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak are Nigeria, Sierra Leon, Guinea and Liberia. The virus is spread through body fluids such as blood.