BLANTYRE (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.
And 43 percent of them were put on surveillance for a period of 21 days to check if they develop any signs and symptoms of the disease.
Kalirani said 67 percent of the 155 people screened at KIA are Malawians who travelled to West Africa to attend workshops and conferences.
“None of these people had shown any signs and symptoms of Ebola. We will continue this surveillance so that we remain Ebola free,” said Kalirani.
The Ebola disease outbreak as reported in West Africa continues to affect more people and the numbers of people dying from the disease continue to rise.
However, no reported case of Ebola has been confirmed in all Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) countries save for the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the disease has existed since 1976.
“Screening all people entering Malawi is a first task that has to be prioritized because any laxity in this area will likely pose a great threat to the country,” she said.