The Ministry of Health (MoH) has tipped the nation on preventive measures against Ebola disease.
This follows a reported Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in an area close to the border with Central African Republic. Three people have already died from the outbreak with 11 cases reported so far.
According to the Chief of Health Services Charles Mwansambo, he has urged all Malawi nationals to take these preventive meassures seriously and follow hygienic practices to avoid being attacked by this deadly disease.
Charles is calling upon the general public to immediately report to the nearest health facility or the head of community if they suspect any Ebola infection.
Preventive meassures released by the Ministry of health are as follows;
• Avoid areas of known outbreaks
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid contact with infected people
• Follow infection-control procedures
• Animals which have been found dead should only be handled with gloves.
• People who have died from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried.
Symptoms of Ebola
According to World Health Organisation, signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola or Marburg virus.
• Severe headache
• Joint and muscle aches
Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Diarrhea (may be bloody)
• Red eyes
• Raised rash
• Chest pain and cough
• Stomach pain
• Severe weight loss
• Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
• Internal bleeding
Ministry of Health has already steeped up its surveillance mechanism to detect any possible occurence of the disease in the country.
Dr Charles Mwansambo said the government will start screening all people entering the boarders of the country so that if anything happens should not affect the country but it should be dealt with immediately.
Additionally the Ministry of Health has assured the country that they should not panic because everything is under control.