Ebola Health Alert

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A HEALTH official going through a medical card of a passenger who had just disembarked an international flight at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola . The process is part of screening for Ebola at entry points into Zambia.
A HEALTH official going through a medical card of a passenger who had just disembarked an international flight at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola . The process is part of screening for Ebola at entry points into Zambia.

During the beginning of the year 2014, West Africa experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola in History. Ebola Virus Disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a deadly virus transmitted from person to person through the direct contact of blood and other body fluids of infected people. Countries such as Sierra Leone and Guinea where adversely affected by this outbreak.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), there were 28,652 total suspected, probable and confirmed cases. Amongst these, 15,261 confirmed cases were recorded and a total of 11,325 deaths were reported between the years 2014-2016. In response to this past outbreak, the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) partnered with the Ministry of Health to increase public understanding and raise awareness on the outbreak through the production and distribution of an Ebola awareness infographic.

Early in May 2017, another outbreak was reported in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo in which 40 confirmed cases have been reported according to a media communication alert through the Ministry of Health. The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo raises concerns to the Zambian Government due to the close proximity and extensive shared border between Zambia and Congo which is estimated to be about 2,332km long (Central Intelligence Agency, 2016).

In addition to this, Zambia and Congo engage in numerous cross border-trading activities, which are not always effectively monitored. Based on the afore mentioned, and the fact that there may be a number of people from affected regions entering Zambia through nonconventional means, Zambia is at a high risk of being affected by the outbreak. To this effect, PMRC and the Ministry of Health have once again partnered to update and distribute communication information to raise awareness on the Ebola Virus. This information will soon be shared with the general public through various platforms. As a precursor to the updated Ebola Infographic to be distributed soon.PMRC would like to urge members of the general public to take a keen interest in this information to ensure that they are protected from the outbreak.
Be aware by reading more on the Ebola Virus.

Ms. Bernadette Deka
Executive Director

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    They should screen HH as well in jail.

    He traveled a lot during campaign, you never know if he has it.

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      This virus once a case is reported in Zambia, it shall wipe off all Zambians like fleas and insects are destroyed from a bush fire. The health system is totally broken in Zambia

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      In other words, Nefiko fyaku Zambia ni sotambe! Abantu bakalapona ngabalunshi.

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    Even the GREAT LEADER? the GREAT LEADER traveled a lot during campaign, you never know if he has it.
    Munone, OUR GREAT LEADER travelled to GREAT LANDS to get GREAT IDEAS for GREAT INVESTMENTS… THE GREAT LEADER MAY HAVE GREAT EBOLA for the under 20 might win ….

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    Due to the close proximity and extensive shared border between Zambia and Congo which is estimated to be about 2,332km long (Central Intelligence Agency, 2016). Very fun. You’re busy quoting the CIA (Central intelligence agency on something as simple as this? Is there anything that this country can do for itself? Even something as simple as the length of the border with another country you start quoting the CIA? Are you mad or what? you can’t do your own measurements? And you’re busy insulting the donor community when you can’t even measure your own border? You call yourself a sovereign state everyday but you don’t even know the borders of your so called state? I’ve never seen this sort of stupidity.

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      Imagine…but you are raising the bar far to high for the intelligence system in Zambia. Almost all of those chaps in shushushu offices and police have UNZA degrees in education. That’s why they are easily used to track opposition and those against the Great Drunken Leader. In other words, they lack critical thinking skills

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      Indeed the levels of colonial mentality among some Zambians can be nauseasitating .They foolishly would like to believe it’s smart to cite some western trash at every opportunity. innovation is about originality and that shouldn’t only apply to the natural sciences

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    Article very misleading NO NO NO. Ebola is not passed through coming into contact of blood with somebody infected. Ebola is passed on just by simple skin contact. The ministry of health must regulate these articles please.

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    Bernadette Deka is trying to justify the funds the PF PMRC gets from government. She is on the Board of Esther Lungu s NGO. How seriously partisan can one be and still claim to be a CSO? Of course it’s cut and paste from a CIA document though they cut but don’t know how to paste.

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    Zambia is on fire. Zambian citizens are upset with President Lungu. We are losing our patience on HH’s incarceration. We are witnessing worst dictatorship in the history of our country Zambia. Soon we shall all join in the fight.

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