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Zambia needs to safeguard it’s citzens from Ebola threats – Dr. Canisius Banda

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United Party for National Development (UPND) Vice President, Dr. Canisius Banda, has appealed to the government to safeguard its citizens from international health threats such Ebola.

The appeal comes after the outbreak of Ebola that has ravaged western Africa since February this year killing over 600 people so far.

In a press released Zambian Eye August 3, 2014, Dr Banda has appealed to the Patriotic Front government to invoke and implement the International Health Regulations (IHR) as guided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Zambia needs to safeguard its citizens from international health threats such as Ebola, good governance dictates that. This will only happen if the PF government invokes and implements the international health regulations (IHR) as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO). Zambia needs to have in-country capacity for such preparedness, which capacity is currently NOT in place. All points of entry need to be manned by suitable public health officers at all times, the right number of people need to be trained in outbreaks’ communication, containment facilities need to be built at points of entry and adequate staff need to be ready to handle such an outbreak with all the requisite medical and surgical supplies in place,” Dr Banda said.

Dr Banda revealed that Zambia was not ready for each of these requirements.

Dr Banda who is a medical doctor revealed that appealed to citizens to take note that the signs and symptoms of Ebola include headache, sweating, sneezing, body malaise, vomiting blood, coughing blood, blood in stool and prostration. The disease often shows one to three weeks following exposure. Spread is from person to person through direct contact.

Ebola which has no known cure at the moment kills up to 90 percent of its victims.

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