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Concerns raised as more Malawians are travelling to Ebola affected countries

KaliraniBLANTYRE (Maravipost)--More Malawians are travelling to the Ebola affected countries than people from West Africa coming into the country, Health Minister said.

According to her, 155 travellers from the affected countries of Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Senegal and Uganda were screened between August 8 and August 28 at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) alone.

At least 3 in Malawi traffic accident

BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)--At least three people were confirmed dead after the trailer of the lorry they travelling went off and swerved to the ditch at Kwancha Roundabout in Blantyre Thursday.

The three died on spot while several others, who sustained serious injuries, were rushed to Elizabeth Central Hospital.

Deputy Spokesperson for Southern Region Police Beatrice Mikuwa feared the number might rise as some people were seriously injured.

Trailer went off and swerved to the ditch after driver of the lorry (registration number NE 2305), identified as Rashid Anthony Malick, failed to negotiate a corner at Kwacha Roundabout following brake failure.

But some eyewitnesses claimed that truck was also un-roadworthy and heavily loaded.

The truck, which was heading to East Bank in the Lower Shire district of Chikwawa, had various items ranging from groceries to kitchen wares.

Meanwhile, the driver of the truck belonging to Malick Investments is in police custody.

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The Flames to get Ebola screening after Mali game

MZUZU (MaraviPost) -- The Malawi government has hinted it will conduct Ebola virus medical screening on the country’s national team, The Flames, when they come from Mali – where they left Tuesday for a football match.FLAMES

Ministry of Health spokesperson Henry Chimbali said the exercise will be one way of making sure that the virus is contained.

Much as no case has been reported in Mali, the country is a West African country, the region where the virus has claimed at least 2, 000 lives.

“The screening will help in checking whether they are infected or not,” said Chimbali.

He added: “Government will do it to avoid further spread of the virus.”

Malawi will play Mali Saturday as part of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers escapades.

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AU Chairperson Dlamini Zuma called for Support for Ebola affected countries

AU Chairperson Dlamini ZumaAddis Ababa - The African Union has today called for “a lot of support and solidarity from fellow African countries and from the international community” for its member states affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today spoke at the opening ceremony of an emergency meeting of the Union’s Executive Council, as the continent seeks to craft a united, comprehensive and collective response to the Ebola outbreak that has so far affected a number of countries in West Africa.

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Malawi MPs take Ebola issue head on during first meet

LILONGWE (MaraviPost) -- Malawi legislators Monday took the issue of Ebola disease head-on, bombarding the health minister Jean Kalirani with questions on how capable government is to contain the disease.EBOLA

While some legislators sympathised with government on meagre resources that have been allocated towards the management of the virus, others blamed government for not doing enough.

Chitipa Wenya parliamentarian Godfrey Munkhondya asked Kalirani on whether Malawi is engaging other countries on the matter considering the fact that the issue is not only becoming a regional issue in Africa but also continental.

“Is your Ministry doing anything on the matter as far as liaising with other countries is concerned on Ebola,” asked Munkhondya.

Kalirani said efforts have been made so far on the same adding that regional meetings “on SADC level have been made.”

She added: “We’ve sent three doctors for training of trainers (ToT), and more is going to be done.”

Ebola has been declared a national disaster in most West African countries, but most Malawians are in the dark on how the virus spreads and can be contained. 

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