Zimbabwe on high Ebola alert — Chimedza

Monday, July 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

July 28, 2014

ZIMBABWE is on high alert for the deadly Ebola virus that has wreaked havoc in West Africa with all entry points reportedly prepared to deal with the haemorrhagic fever.


Scores of people have died from Ebola in West Africa and reports suggest that the virus could easily spread to other countries.

Health and Child Care deputy minister Paul Chimedza told the Senate last week that all the country’s borders were on high alert.

“In the ministry, there is emergency preparedness all the time, especially when we have a situation of a deadly disease such as Ebola happening in any part of the country, continent or even the world,” said Chimedza.

“The potential of it coming to this country is also very high because it just takes one person who is infected to enter through our borders and go to Mbare and the whole country is on fire.

“That is how bad Ebola is. So the minute we heard that there was Ebola in West Africa, we reactivated the team and we reactivated our points of entry,” Chimedza said in response to a question from Matobo Senator Sithembile Mlotshwa.

The virus, which kills up to 90% of those infected, spreads through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids.

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