Malawi Govt Calls for Calm As Who, Tanzania Battle Over Ebola Secrecy

23 September 2019

Government has told Malawians to remain calm, advising interstate traders to seek medication attention at a health facility whenever they feel fever to make earliest detection of the deadly Ebola disease.

Malango: Malawians should be calm

Spokesperson for the ministry of Health and Population Joshua Malango said this as World Health Organisation (WHO) is putting pressure on Tanzania to confirm three cases of ebola in that country which has claimed one life so far.

"We know there are talks going on between WHO and the government of the Republic of Tanzania on the issue.

"But here in Malawi we are following strict health measures to ensure that we do not get the disease," said Malango.

He said people should not just be rushing to buy pain killers whenever they feel fever but go for ebola tests as well.

Malawians were shocked to learn on Sunday that Tanzania has recorded one death and two other people are sick with ebola, a situation which puts Malawi at risk of getting the deadly disease.

WHO has rebuked Tanzania for failing to provide information about the possible ebola virus infections.

The WHO says it had learnt of one suspected fatal case in Dar-es-Salaam and two others but, despite repeated requests, was given no information.

Most Malawian traders go to Tanzania for trade and get vehicles just as Tanzanias come to Malawi for trade and other errands.

Malawi authorities say there is no cause for alarm, saying all people in cross border journeys are screened of the disease.

WHO says the patient who died had been to Uganda, shown symptoms of ebola in August, tested positive and died on September 8, 2019.

WHO says the woman's contacts had been guaranteed.

"The limited available official information represents a challenge for assessing the risk posed by this event," says WHO.

But Tanzania says there was no confirmed or suspected cases of ebola in the country.

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