The remarks from the Ministry come following reports of the outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ministry said so far DRC has registered 11 cases with 3 deaths.
In the statement from the Ministry of Health signed by Dr Charles Mwansambo who is Chief Health Services says the first Ebola case in DRC was registered on 22nd April 2017.
“Ministry of Health in Malawi has already stepped up its surveillance mechanism to detect any possible occurrence of the virus of the disease in the country,” reads the statement in part.
Among others the statement says the National Task Force on Ebola has been reactivated forthwith and has already started meetings to strategize and monitor the situation.
“It has already started to take stock of all required logistics and replenish whenever necessary. It has resumed screening all people entering our borders for Ebola and requests everybody to cooperate with our port authorities and support the efforts. Dissemination of messages to the general public on the disease,” adds the statement.
Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, the infection has been documented through handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope, porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.
According to the Ministry’s press release, currently, there is no known treatment against the virus. New drug therapies have shown promising results in laboratory studies and are being evaluated.
“Several vaccines are being tested but it could be several years before any are available. In the absence of effective treatment and a human vaccine, raising awareness of the risk factors for Ebola infection and the protective measures individuals can take is the only way to reduce human infection and death,” says the statement.