The Ministry of Health and Population wishes to update the nation that there is no case of an Ebola outbreak in Malawi and its neighbors.
However, due to the recent developments relating to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ministry, with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), continues to take steps to expedite any Ebola case. development, prevention, detection and treatment in the country.
DFID, through UNICEF, has provided Malawi with 478000 pounds to help with Ebola prevention and preparedness programs. The funds will be used among other things to train 500 healthcare workers in border areas and ports of entry and in the Dowa, Lilongwe and Blantyre areas.
The Ministry will be reliant on the general public under Ebola to enable them to identify and report any suspected cases swiftly. The Ministry of Health has Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) which include a variety of pupils in National, Central and District Hospitals who are able to deal effectively with Ebola cases.
Therefore, the Ministry would like to advise the general public that there are no travel restrictions between Malawi and all its neighbors as trade and commerce should continue as normal.
The Ministry of Health will continue to update the nation whenever it is necessary to do so and would like to plead with any Malawians to verify any information relating to public health before raising unnecessary alarms.
Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Health and Population