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Government geared for ebola outbreak—Mhango

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

MHANGO— We are still looking for a proper place

Ministry of Health and Population has said it is ready to manage ebola cases in the country.

Minister responsible, Jappie Mhango, said the country was free from ebola and the ministry had put strategic measures to sustain the situation.

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“We have developed Ebola Action Plan. In addition, information communication materials have been developed at airports and health facilities. We are renovating and constructing isolation rooms and refugees entering the country are being screened in Chitipa and Karonga,” he said.

He was reacting to Lilongwe City West legislator George Zulu’s query on why the ministry was constructing an ebola quarantine building near a mortuary at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

“Is it not a way of condemning the victims before they die?” He queried.

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But Mhango said the building under construction was temporary.

“We are still looking for a proper place to elect a permanent building,” he said.

Salima North West legislator, Enock Phale, also queried the minister on why the building under construction was taking long before completion, saying it had been under construction since 2016.

Mhango admitted that this was the case, but said efforts were being made to ensure that construction works were completed.

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