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Malawi MPs take Ebola issue head on during first meet

LILONGWE (MaraviPost) -- Malawi legislators Monday took the issue of Ebola disease head-on, bombarding the health minister Jean Kalirani with questions on how capable government is to contain the disease.EBOLA

While some legislators sympathised with government on meagre resources that have been allocated towards the management of the virus, others blamed government for not doing enough.

Chitipa Wenya parliamentarian Godfrey Munkhondya asked Kalirani on whether Malawi is engaging other countries on the matter considering the fact that the issue is not only becoming a regional issue in Africa but also continental.

“Is your Ministry doing anything on the matter as far as liaising with other countries is concerned on Ebola,” asked Munkhondya.

Kalirani said efforts have been made so far on the same adding that regional meetings “on SADC level have been made.”

She added: “We’ve sent three doctors for training of trainers (ToT), and more is going to be done.”

Ebola has been declared a national disaster in most West African countries, but most Malawians are in the dark on how the virus spreads and can be contained. 

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MP Juliana Lunguzi questions Ebola airport only screening move, 'what about our borders?'

MP Juliana Lunguzi

BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)— The Ministry of Health has received bashing from MCP Dedza East parliamentarian Juliana Lunguzi for only concentrating on screening people for Ebola in airports and disregarding many other small borders.

On Thursday the ministry dispelled rumors of a suspected Ebola case in the administrative capital Lilongwe, which went viral on social media Wednesday.

President Mutharika encourages preventive healthcare to reduce costs associated with treatment

President Mutharika Reaffirms Commitment For Affordable Health Services In MW.

BLANTYRE, July 29: President Peter Mutharika thinks his government has found a formula that will keep sick Malawians out of hospital: prevent occurrence of diseases so that you spend little on curative measures.

Donors spend millions of kwachas to buy drugs for sick Malawians, but the president says: “It is high time high time the country adopted preventive and not curative health services because the latter is costly at individual, family, community and national level.

Ministry of Health assures Malawians of steps in place to prevent Ebola virus occurences

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The Ministry of Health in Malawi says it has put in place a number of strategies to prevent the occurrence of deadly Ebola virus and also its spread should be reported in the country.

This follows reported Ebola Virus Outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, killing over 600 people in west Africa.

‘Malawi on course of eliminating elephantiasis’

BLANTYRE (MANA) --  The Preliminary results of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) prevalence assessment currently underway has revealed that Malawi is on a right track of completely eliminating elephantiasis among people, Ministry of Health (MoH) has said.Elemphatiasis

The MoH Deputy spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe has since attributed the development to the successful mass drug administration campaigns which the ministry has been conducting in the recent past few years.

“The LF prevalence assessment survey this year indicates that Malawi is on a good course to completely eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis very soon and as ministry of health we are very excited because this is so due to regular MDA we have been conducting in recent years,” explained Chikumbe

Chikumbe disclosed this to Malawi News Agency (Mana) ahead of this year’s Mass Drug Administration (MDA) against LF also crudely known as elephantiasis which the ministry intends to start on August 1.

He said the campaign which will be done in all the districts targets everyone including those above five years.

“Those Under-five children  but with a height of over 90 centimeteres may also be included  and apart from conventional health facilities, schools will also be utilized for the exercise to ensure that no one is left out.

“At the moment, it is starting with dissemination of elephantiasis related messages to the public through various available channels for maximum coverage,” he said.

According to the Deputy Publicist, elephantiasis is caused by parasitic worms which are routinely treated by Abendazole and Mectizane thus it is the same drugs that the ministry shall be providing during the campaign including to those with infections.

He then urged the general public to take the drugs during the campaign in order to further assist in eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis in Malawi adding: “This is the last time the ministry will be holding such a campaign.”

Chikumbe therefore commended Malawians for their cooperation throughout the past similar campaigns and during LF prevalence assessment survey which he said has started yielding positive results as stipulated in preliminary results.

The exercise is largely supported by the Malawi Government and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.

Ministry of health, according to Chikumbe has not yet ascertains the actual value of the campaign because the drugs are provided for a free of charge.

Lymphatic filariasis also known as elephantiasis is caused by parasitic worms of the Filarioidea type. Early signs and symptoms of the disease are similar to those of malaria which include fever and general malaise.

Parenthetically, both are transmitted by mosquitoes. There are complications that distinguish LF from malaria and other diseases which include swelling of some organs such as limbs, according to MoH.

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